A MUSIC fan who worked hard and partied hard died after taking a cocktail of drink and drugs at Stafford’s V Festival an inquest heard.
Timothy Brockhurst was seen snorting lines of MCat and drinking vodka and lager within hours of meeting up with friends at the annual event at Weston Park in August last year.
The hearing at Cannock coroners court heard the tree surgeon was hyperactive.
He was also seen taking an ecstasy pill given to him by a passer by. In the early hours of the next morning he was given a bag of brick-coloured powder which he said was pure ecstasy.
The court heard Mr Brockhurst, of Market Drayton, didn’t go to bed that night, staying up with two friends.
Mid afternoon the next day Mr Brockhurst was seen with a plastic bag containing two teaspoons of the brick coloured powder which he said was 100 per cent pure ecstasy. He offered it around but nobody took any.
Later he sent a text to one of his friends saying he had hit the wall and was going back to the tent to sleep.
He was seen that evening by his friends taking a bomb of ecstasy – a class A drug. While most of the group went to watch the bands Mr Brockhurst stayed in his tent and one of the group stayed with him while he went to sleep.
The alarm was raised when he stopped breathing and was frothing at the mouth. He was taken to the onsite medical facility but never regained consciousness.
A bag of white powder found on him was tested and found to be 4Mec – a variant of MCat (also known as mephedrone) – a class B controlled drug which has been linked to several deaths.
DC Ian McDonack, who led the police investigation into his death, said: “This is a tragic set of events which have sadly led to the death of Timothy Brockhurst in circumstances which have devastated his family.
“He worked hard and partied hard at the weekend.”
Pathologist Dr Stephen Harris, who carried out a post mortem, said a fatal level of PMA – similar to ecstasy - was found in his system. Low levels of cannabis and alcohol were also found in his system along with 4Mec.
Recording a verdict of non dependent abuse of drugs coroner Andrew Haigh said: “It’s likely (the PMA) was fatal in Tim’s case with possibly some contribution from the other drugs he ahd taken. He took those drugs willingly and sadly those drugs have led to his death.”
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