Tragic fes­ti­val teen felt she was ‘in­vin­ci­ble’

Coro­ner told of lethal cock­tail of drugs taken by 18-year-old

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A CHE­SHAM teenager died af­ter tak­ing a lethal cock­tail of class A drugs, a coro­ner has ruled.

Olivia Christo­pher, who was a stu­dent at St Cle­ment Danes School, binged on ke­tamine, co­caine and ec­stasy pills be­fore she was found by her boyfriend, Daniel Holmes, face down in her tent on the fi­nal day of the BoomTown fes­ti­val.

The 18-year-old took a num­ber of class A drugs into the fes­ti­val, which was held near Winch­ester, in Au­gust, and bought fur­ther pills there. She had also been drink­ing wine through­out the day.

Olivia, known as Livvy to friends, was seen snort­ing co­caine and ke­tamine from a key and had taken MDMA be­fore head­ing out in the evenings.

Gra­hame Short, se­nior coro­ner for Mid-Hamp­shire, also heard she had taken liq­uid acid and sleep­ing pills and died as a re­sult of poi­son­ing from MDMA and Eti­zo­lam.

The in­quest, which took place on Mon­day, heard that Olivia was wear­ing a black and white one­sie when she was pulled from her tent. Her boyfriend of two and a half months had wo­ken to find her cold and un­re­spon­sive and had called for help.

Se­cu­rity staff at the event said Olivia was found with her hand clenched in a fist and had her jaw shut tight.

They also no­ticed her lips had turned pur­ple and her head had be­come swollen.

Mr Holmes told the coro­ner that he had wo­ken dur­ing the night to find Olivia asleep next to him and then un­con­scious hours later.

He said: “I don’t think I knew her to go out at all. The most she did was go to a friend’s house. I knew she had taken drugs in the past.

“I was sur­prised at the quan­tity of drugs she was tak­ing. I didn’t think they had that much of an ef­fect on her.

“She seemed in con­trol. There were no sud­den signs of be­ing ex­tremely tired. It was smaller quan­ti­ties and she was tak­ing a lot in small doses through­out the day.

“I woke up at 11am and my friend woke us up and said we need to leave. I tried get­ting Livvy’s at­ten­tion but there was no move­ment or re­sponse so I tilted her onto her back.

“There were a few signs she didn’t look well. I pulled her out of the tent and called for my friends.”

Olivia had bought small green pills with a Heinz Baked Beans logo on them be­fore tak­ing some red pills be­long­ing to her friends.

Record­ing a con­clu­sion of drug-re­lated death Coro­ner Mr Short said the toxic lev­els of MDMA and Eti­zo­lam had caused her to be­come un­re­spon­sive.

He said: “Olivia was found dead some time around 11.15am. I find that Olivia died due to poi­son­ing by MDMA and Eti­zo­lam, the two drugs that were of high lev­els.

“She was not pre­scribed these drugs. These were drugs she chose to take. Other drugs con­trib­uted to her death.

“Given the his­tory I have the im­pres­sion Olivia felt she could con­tinue to take large quan­ti­ties of drugs with no con­se­quences with the mis­ap­pre­hen­sion of in­vin­ci­bil­ity.”

Olivia is the fourth per­son to die in seven years due to drugs at BoomTown Fes­ti­val since it started in 2009.

More than £80,000 of drugs were seized by po­lice at this year’s event and £55,000 worth was put into amnesty bins.

Death: Olivia Christo­pher who died from poi­son­ing by MDMA and Eti­zo­lam. Be­low, rev­ellers at the BoomTown Fes­ti­val

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