I identified my dead friend because of her glittery nail varnish, says Tunisian massacre tourist


A terrified survivor of the Tunisian terror attack has revealed how she had to identify her dead friend by the glittery nail varnish she was wearing on her toe nails.

Trudy Jones, 51, a divorced mother of four, was on holiday in Tunisia with a group of friends when she was shot in her neck and chest by a gunman. An inquest is now taking place into the deaths of 30 British tourists gunned down by Seifeddine Rezgui, who strolled around the Riu Imperial Marhaba in Sousse in 2015, shooting innocent tourists.

Another witness said that he grabbed his wife and fled after seeing the man casually shooting people on the beach. Meanwhile, another man told of how he ran onto the beach towards the terrorist after realising that his wife was there. Simon Greaves said he had not considered his own personal safety because he had been so desperate to reach his wife and make sure that she was safe.

30 British deaths

The inquest, which is being held at the Royal Courts of Justice, will hear evidence into all 30 deaths. The first victim to be discussed was Ms Jones, who came from South Wales. She was on holiday with a group of close friends and had gone for breakfast with Anne Powell before heading out to sunbathe at the five-star resort. While Ms Jones went down to lie on the beach, Ms Powell stayed by the swimming pool.

Ms Powell said she heard a huge explosion coming from the beach area and then saw crowds of people fleeing. She said she had wanted to run towards the beach to check if Trudy was okay, but that people were running towards her shouting at her to go.

Later, Ms Powell went to the mortuary where the victims were being held. Initially, she did not recognise her friend from photos which were being shown, but realised it was her when she saw her body with the glittery nail varnish on her toes.