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    View attachment 27488 A former academic and his partner could face manslaughter charges over the death of a 15-year-old who took ecstasy at their house.

    Isobel Reilly died in April last year after taking the drug at an unsupervised party in the west London home of Brian Dodgeon and Angela Hadjipateras.

    Dodgeon, 61 admitted possessing class A drugs, including ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and a psychedelic drug known as foxy methoxy.

    He was given an eight-month sentence suspended for two years at London's Isleworth Crown Court in December.
    But an inquest into Isobel's death was halted on Thursday as new evidence was sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with a view to charging Dodgeon and Ms Hadjipateras with gross negligence manslaughter.

    Dodgeon was due to give evidence at the inquest at Westminster's Coroner Court, but he did not get the chance.

    Coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said new charges could be brought against him and his partner as the inquest heard evidence not previously considered by the CPS.

    She highlighted the facts that Dodgeon and Ms Hadjipateras knew that a party would be taking place, accepted that underage teenagers might be drinking and that their daughter had previously found a stash of cannabis in her father's drawer.

    Questions needed to be answered about whether Isobel's death was preventable, she said.
    "It's with an extremely heavy heart that I apply my duty to adjourn because, in my view, it is likely that a charge of gross negligence manslaughter could be brought against either Ms Hadjipateras or Mr Dodgeon," said Dr Wilcox.

    "Both these people had separate and concurrent duties to be considered.
    "The evidence, when I reflected upon it, is different to the evidence the CPS originally considered in relation to Mr Dodgeon."

    Dodgeon, a former research fellow at the University of London's Institute of Education, and his partner went away for the night on April 22, 2011, leaving their daughter alone at their home in Barlby Road, north Kensington.

    They knew she had used Facebook to organise a party, which was attended by about 30 young people who drank cider, wine and spirits, and smoked marijuana.

    Their daughter told partygoers she had previously found a stash of cannabis in her father's drawer, and three of the teenagers went to an "out-of-bounds" bedroom in a bid to find some more.

    They discovered a canister containing a selection of drugs in capsules, plastic containers and bags. Isobel took two ecstasy tablets.
    The teenager suffered adverse effects from taking the drug but would not let her friends call an ambulance for fear of getting into trouble.
    She stopped breathing and her friends could not find a pulse. They finally dialled 999 and attempted to perform mouth-to-mouth and CPR.

    Isobel, from Acton, west London, was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington but was pronounced dead at 6.30am on April 23.
    She died of MDMA poisoning, the inquest heard.

    Dodgeon's daughter and two 14-year-old boys also needed hospital treatment after the party.

    Dodgeon told police in interview that he was a recreational drug user and described himself as an "old hippie".

    The lecturer, a former social worker whose research subjects have included health inequalities and alcohol consumption patterns, said it had "never crossed his mind" that someone would find the drugs.

    About a week after the incident, Dodgeon attempted suicide by jumping off a bridge.

    2nd August 2012
    Original article is on SkyNews here

Comments

  1. Aminatrix
    Wow, heavy heart indeed.

    Was a bit mangled for me to piece together, apparently the two being charged weren't around, and their daughter led everyone to the drugs. Then a friend took the drugs and died.

    Idk why the dad would try suicide when it wasn't his daughter that died, unfair to leave your child without a parent because of selfish reasons, imho.

    He definitely should have locked his drugs up, but at some point that child needs to take responsibility, she went looking for drugs, knew she shouldn't take them especially not to give them out, then she killed someone. I believe the father should face some discipline as well, but the charge of negligence manslaughter is over-the-top. The daughter should face more serious charges, but as a minor, she would get a lessened sentence.

    I know that parents share some of the responsibility of their children's actions, but this case is just sad. You know he will get convicted because of the bleeding heart jury's. (UK does have jury's right? *smacks self for lack of global justice policy knowledge*)

    Very sad, that's why he should have got a safe =(, but the kid probably could have cracked the combo anyway...
  2. mickey_bee
    Very sad story.

    A little shocked the CPS are thinking of bringing in manslaughter charges now too. I really don't think it's in the public interest to attempt to further prosecute this couple. It's a pretty black-and-white case of oversight in my opinion.
    I would also say that at 15 the girl was over the age of criminal responsibility. She knowingly searched for drugs, found them, and then took them. Then she refused an ambulance repeatedly. There was no confusion on her part as to what she was doing.

    I was reading yesterday in the Independent that she had been referred to a drug and alcohol service a year earlier. Obviously the details of this I cannot be sure of, although the Independent is a reputable paper, as far as papers go. If true, it simply underlines the fact that she knew what she was doing, and that ultimately, the blame for her death lies on no one but herself, as tragic as that is, and as hard as that may be for her parents to swallow.
  3. hookedonhelping
    This is a sad story, that needs more details, but those details will not bring back this girl, or relieve any suffering to the families.

    However, it is a damn shame that CPS is considering charging this man with gross negligence manslaughter. I think the man was clearly devastated by the death of his friends daughter, and his poor choice of not keeping these sorts of drugs locked up somewhere out of the reach of his child.

    As adults we have to remind ourselves of what it was like to be an early-teen, rebellious at times, unbeknownst to our parents. For that, the man is guilty of being negligent, but to pile on pain, like CPS is doing, is disgraceful. Some "judge"ment needs to used here, and unless this story has a lot more to it, they are clearly in the wrong for considering such damning charges being considered against this guy.
  4. Bad Rabbits
    The exact age being 10 years old in the UK.

    This whole story is really saddening. As if the poor guy hasn't got enough on his plate right now.

    Girl finds mystery tablets. Girl eats mystery tablets. Blame?

    Everyone knows that you shouldn't eat unidentified tablets, the same as you shouldn't drink bleach. If the girl had died from drinking bleach at the party, could the Father be liable for not keeping the bleach locked away?

    Simple possession, fair enough... anything more and the CPS should be ashamed.
  5. Phenoxide
    I tend to disagree with the suggestion that responsibility falls solely on the shoulders of the deceased. I think it's also patently ridiculous to suggest that there was no confusion on her part in delaying the ambulance call.. that's clearly an irrational judgement that was made in a state of panic and out of fear of being punished. I also think it was unnecessary to drag the deceased's alleged history of drug and/or alcohol use into the equation. Three others including Dodgeon's daughter were also hospitalized and any of them could've also died that night.

    15 year olds are not adults.. they're still going through that learning curve and one of the things they generally haven't mastered by that age is responsibility. We're not talking criminal responsibility as in the arbitrary 10 year threshold, but rather self-responsibility. As HOH suggested teenagers are by nature impulsive, careless, and curious creatures with an invincibility complex. At 15 I would not have thought twice about popping some random pill from an obvious drug stash at a house party, especially if my inhibitions were already dulled by alcohol. Put enough teens in an unsupervised house with alcohol and drugs and it's obvious what will happen. By his own admission his daughter had previously stumbled across drugs in the house and knew where to look for them, which seems to be the sticking point in this case. Brian Dodgeon should've done the math and secured the drugs, if not from from day one then from the day his daughter first discovered his stash.

    Ultimately he provided both the means and the opportunity for this death to take place. Leaving teens unsupervised with alcohol was already a risk, but leaving a cocktail of potent drugs unsecured and with the daughter aware that drugs were sometimes kept in the house goes beyond oversight and into reckless stupidity in my opinion. And as an self-professed "old hippie" he should've known better. His careless actions contributed to a death, which seems reasonable grounds to bring a case of criminal negligence against him and let the courts decide. I don't think he should serve jail time but he should face up to the consequences of his actions. Any sympathy I have in this case is for the family of the deceased and for Dodgeon's daughter, who will have this cross to bear for the rest of her days.
  6. Bad Rabbits
    ^ Considering your reasoning, I must admit I didn't spend enough time considering the circumstances before reaching my conclusion.

    I would now say any blame was equal, though I use the word blame for lack of a better word in these terrible circumstances.

    The very fact that LSD was also present, does suggest to me that no thought was given to the 'stash' whatsoever. Surely, if nothing else - one would relocate the LSD? Not to say that the other drugs aren't dangerous in the wrong hands, but my immediate concerns would be with the location of the LSD.

    I would like to know more about the particular tablets that were involved with this. I'm certain that the toxicology would have ruled out the ingestion of PMA - though I'm somewhat confused by the 'MDMA poisoning' statement. I mean, that takes some real doing, doesn't it?

    Even with the availability of these super strong MDMA tablets from Holland, some of which are 180mg upwards, I still find it hard to believe that MDMA was responsible for one fatality, and three hospital admissions amongst a single group.
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