Woman hit by falling sofa had metal plate fitted into her spine and can’t work

A woman who was hit by a sofa that dropped from a roof has spoken of how she is in pain every day and has been left unable to return to work.

Edita Butkeviciute, 31, had to have a metal plate fitted in her spine after being seriously injured when hit by the falling three-seat couch on December 7, 2019 in Aberdeen.

In the aftermath of the incident, she told the BBC she had suffered injuries to her spine, legs and lungs and “everything is broken inside me”.

Barrie Law, 27, and Lee Morrison, 33, admitted culpable and reckless conduct at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Tuesday in their absence, a court official confirmed.

The pair had been moving the piece of furniture as Ms Butkeviciute left her work at a nail bar to make a call when the sofa struck her.

The indictment states that at Nailco Nail Bar on Union Street they dropped a sofa from the rooftop, causing it to strike Ms Butkeviciute to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment, the court official confirmed.

They will be sentenced on May 31.

In a statement issued through Digby Brown Solicitors, Lithuanian national Ms Butkeviciute said: “It’s been more than a year since my injuries and I still have metal plates in my spine.

“I’m in pain every day, cannot sit straight for longer than 40 minutes and I’m not able to go back to work.

“I am glad these two men admitted what happened so other people can learn an important lesson because you can’t go about throwing things from windows – people can get seriously hurt and what happened to me proves that.

“I’ve been helped a lot by my sister-in-law and my best friend and I am grateful for their support but I would now like my privacy respected so I can focus on my physical recovery.”