THE mum of a five-year-old boy who died in a swimming pool in Kos said their hotel room door could be opened with a “little finger” even though it was locked, a pre-inquest review has heard.
Theo Treharne-Jones died after being found in a pool at Atlantica Holiday Village in Kos in June.
Theo, from Merthyr Tydfil, died in hospital on June 15.
The youngster had wandered off alone before breakfast as his parents, Richard and Nina, slept.
Theo was on holiday with his parents, siblings and extended family when he died. They had booked trip through travel firm TUI.
The hearing was told the hotel room door the family stayed in had no chain lock and could be opened from the inside by simply turning the handle even though it was locked.
Theo’s mum, Nina, 38, said: “You literally could touch the handle with your little finger and the door would open.”
Mrs Treharne told the hearing the family had stayed at the same hotel before, albeit in different apartments that had door chains inside the rooms to prevent children leaving.
She added: “Half the hotel did have chain locks on the door…this part didn’t.”
Dad Richard Jones, also 38, said: “You could turn the lock and hear it lock but when you pressed the handle it would open the door.”
The couple said a couple had posted a review on a travel site saying their two-year-old child had been able to get out of the room so they “had to put a pram against the door for safety”.
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Mona Bayoumi, representing travel firm TUI UK, told the inquest she understood the chains were being phased out by the hotel and that it used the “same door mechanism you would find in any hotel around the world”.
Assistant coroner Nadim Bashir said his inquiry would look at the “level of care” from the hotel “in order to keep very young children such as Theo safe.”
He said it would look at several issues including access to the pool from the bedrooms, the doors, “what sort of locks there were to prevent very young children going through doors”, and what restrictions there were on access to the pool.
Speaking about the inquest, he told Theo’s parents it was “limited what we can do seeing as this tragic incident took place abroad, the hotel is subject to Greek health and safety, not ours, and we cannot impose our regulations on them”.
There will be a further pre-inquest hearing in November.