A TEENAGE girl convulsed for 50 minutes and died after taking “double strength” ecstasy at Mutiny Festival, an inquest heard today.
Georgia Jones, 18, took two tablets at the Portsmouth dance event before dying from “MDMA intoxication”.
Her devastated sister Danielle told today’s hearing she found her “fitting” on the floor by an icecream van shortly after becoming worried for her welfare.
Danielle said her sister had “looked f*****” and friends described seeing Georgia – who also had a bag of MDMA in the form of powder in her bumbag – “gurning”, “stumbling around” and “slurring her words”.
Struggling to fight back tears, the 21-year-old said: “At the festival she came up to me and was gurning so I asked her what she had taken and said ‘sort yourself out’. The next time I saw her was when she was on the floor.”
Georgia, from Havant in Portsmouth, died after suffering a cardiac arrest at Queen Alexandra Hospital on May 26 this year.
Detective Constable Sharon Lewry, of Hampshire Constabulary, told Portsmouth Coroner’s Court that Georgia’s fit lasted for 50 minutes.
“Georgia had taken two tablets not knowing they were double-strength and had more MDMA in her bag,” he said. “We were told she had taken two pills but it could have been more.”
He added: “It’s almost impossible to identify the person that supplied the pills to her.”
Danielle, who had gone to the festival with her sister, said Georgia was meeting friends who weren’t arriving until later, but later saw her with an unknown young man who has not yet been identified.
Pathologist Brett Lockyer said Georgia, a care assistant, had a temperature of 41 degrees Celsius when she arrived at hospital and died from “MDMA intoxication”.
He added: “Georgia had 3,856 nanograms of MDMA per millilitre of blood in her body, which is extremely high.
“MDMA is not a very nice drug. It caused haemorrhaging on her heart and brain. Had she survived this she would not have been the same person as before.”
He said that Georgia would “not have known” what was going on as she had a seizure.
Georgia’s tearful mother, Janine Milburn, 41, paid tribute to her “very caring” daughter.
“She was a typical teenager – talkative, stubborn and argumentative but very caring and family-and-friends-orientated,” she said.
“She had got into the wrong crowd after school and I was aware she had done drugs but she sorted herself out and started working at a care home which she loved.
“I knew she hadn’t touched drugs for six months before this.
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“On the day of the festival she got ready at home with Danielle and was excited.”
Five people were arrested in connection with drugs supply at Mutiny however they were all released under investigation.
The inquest has been adjourned until tomorrow. Mr Cowan’s inquest will take place Wednesday.
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