Coroner Caroline Sumeray's Festival warning

Wed, 03 Jul 2013


A man has died at Bestival music festival as a result of blood loss after he had a paranoid reaction to a drug and cut his arms.

The inquest heard that Daniel Parks, 35, had brought what he thought was a legal high, but is believed to have been class B drug 4-Methylethcathinone.  

Caroline Sumeray, Isle of Wight Coroner, said: "He had purchased what he believed to be 'legal highs' via the internet prior to attending the festival.

"Unbeknownst to him, the 'Magic Crystals' which he purchased were, in fact, a prohibited substance, believed to 4-Methylethcathinone”

His wife called for help after she found him in a distressed state in the toilet of their campervan, where he had caused serious injuries to his lower arms with a kitchen knife. He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital and efforts were made to resuscitate him, however he died of hypovolaemic shock secondary to deep cuts to his arms. 

Coroner Caroline Sumeray recorded a narrative verdict. 

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