Father, 46, who was arrested for MURDER after trying to save a woman, 21, who was crushed to death by a wardrobe in her hotel room reveals he does not regret his actions despite the ordeal

  • Wayne Kenny does not regret helping woman crushed by hotel wardrobe
  • He was arrested on suspicion of murder due to his proximity to her at the time
  • Mr Kenny spent 10 hours in police custody and was threatened by other inmates
  • He was later released without charge, but no longer has his agency job

A Good Samaritan who came to the aid of a woman who was crushed by a wardrobe does not regret offering assistance – despite later spending a horror 10 hours in custody on suspicion of her murder.

Chloe Haynes, 21, was found dead in her room at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre by her friend in the early hours of September 10.

Fellow hotel guest Wayne Kenny was one of three men arrested by Merseyside Police during the initial investigation – but was later released without charge.

Police are treating the death as ‘accidental’ and said ‘there were no suspicious circumstances’.

Good Samaritan Wayne Kenny does not regret trying to help Chloe Haynes after she was crushed by a wardrobe – despite later being arrested on suspicion of her murder

Chloe Haynes, 21, was found dead in her room at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre by her friend in the early hours of September 10

But Mr Kenny was considered a suspect in the early stages of the investigation due to his proximity to Ms Haynes. He told Echo he stepped in to assist after he ‘heard a commotion outside his door and some guy say ”she’s not breathing”.’

The 46-year-old was about to leave the hotel for a day out with his two sons, but rushed to assist the boys instead asking to take over in giving CPR. 

‘I have had some experience, but not fully medically trained obviously.

‘I went in and I tried to give Chloe CPR. I think what I am struggling with is the fact I have done that now knowing she had been dead for hours. I had no idea.’

Mr Kenny revealed how after emergency services arrived, he returned to his room, knowing there was no more he could do. Within minutes, the police arrived.

Ms Haynes is believed to have opened the door of the wardrobe, possibly mistaking it for the toilet door or the exit, at which point the heavy piece of furniture collapsed onto her

Ms Haynes’ mum, Nicola Williams, previously said she was horrified when she learned Mr Kenny and the other two men who tried to help her daughter had been arrested

They asked if he was the same person in the room assisting Ms Haynes and when he said yes, he was placed under arrest.

‘I said for what… and he said ”for murder”,’ he recalled.

He was taken to custody where he had his clothes taken off him, was put in a paper suit in a ‘freezing’ cell and ‘interrogated’. 

‘I feel bad talking about what I went through because I haven’t lost my life. But yeah, they took nail clippings, I had hardly any nails as I was just biting away at them but they were adamant in getting them.

‘They took a bit of my hair and swabs, fingerprints.’

The dad claims a custody attendant told him he could ‘get life’. 

‘He said to me ”you committed the murder didn’t you?” and I said ”I have come in accused of it”.

Pictured: Police outside The Adelphi Hotel while investigating Ms Haynes’ death

Ms Williams said her daughter had travelled from Pwllheli, Wales, for a night out with a work colleague and returned, drunk, to the hotel about midnight to ‘sleep it off’ before heading back out

‘I was thinking could I get accused for something I haven’t done, could they make a mistake? To be thinking that for 10 hours was hard work.’

Mr Kenny recalled other inmates hurling abuse and threats at him from their own cells after they overheard his conversation with the officer. 

‘They were shouting ”wait till you get to prison”,’ he said.

While Mr Kenny was eventually released, he has since been let go from his agency work. Despite the ordeal, the father is adamant he does not regret trying to help Ms Haynes.  

Ms Haynes’ mum, Nicola Williams, previously said  she was horrified when she learned Mr Kenny and the other two men who tried to help her daughter had been arrested.

‘When the police came [the men] had to be taken away for questioning. It did sting when we read they had been arrested, they had tried to help her.’

The Adelphi Hotel has been frequented  by a host of famous celebrities including former Prime Minister Winston Churchill 

Ms Williams said her daughter had travelled from Pwllheli, Wales, for a night out with a work colleague and returned, drunk, to the hotel about midnight to ‘sleep it off’ before heading back out. 

At some point during the early hours, Ms Haynes is believed to have opened the door of the wardrobe, possibly mistaking it for the toilet door or the exit, at which point the heavy piece of furniture collapsed onto her.

The friend returned and found her body under the wardrobe, and rushed out of the room to scream for help.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: ‘In the first 24 hours of an investigation it is essential all evidence is gathered. In this investigation the circumstances were not clear so we had to be guided by golden hour principles which includes the immediate collection of evidence to ascertain what has taken place.

‘As soon as it became apparent that there were no suspicious circumstances the three men were all released without further action taken. At this moment in time we have not received a complaint and as such it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.’

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