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‘Talent’ student, 18, died after taking ketamine on day one of university

A “talented” student died within hours of starting college from a combination of ketamine and alcohol, an inquest has found.

Jeni Larmour, 18, was described by her family as “a smart, funny girl with a big personality and an infectious laugh.” She was about to start studying planning and architecture at Newcastle University when she died on her first night on campus.

Ms Lamour was using a deadly combination of the drug ketamine and alcohol and was found by paramedics at 5am on October 3, 2020.

A fellow student, Kavir Kalliecharan, told the inquest that he was snorting ketamine with Ms Lamour the night she died.

Mr Kalliecharan, who faced drug-related offenses following her death, told the inquest that Ms Lamour supplied him with ketamine on the night in question.

He said seven members of the student flat in the Halls of Park View had pre-drinks to get to know each other before heading to Points Bar on Newcastle’s Bigg Market.

He said Ms Larmour had been refused entry to the bar as she forgot her student ID so he took a taxi with her back to the flat to fetch it.

After using the toilet in his room, he claimed she knocked on the door. He told the Newcastle Coroner’s Court inquest: “She was holding two sachets and said one had ketamine in it and offered if I would like some.”

He claimed she did two lines of the powder, and while filming a Snapchat with her phone, she said she would do it “not in two, but in one.”

He said he sniffed a line by covering a nostril and immediately became dizzy and went to the bathroom to throw up.

Ms Lamour was lying on his bed and came in to check on him, he said. “I remember throwing up and then passing out in the bathroom,” he said.

When he woke up around 5am the next day, he found Mrs Larmour lying face down on the floor of his room.

“I tried to wake her up, I thought she had passed out, then I asked other flatmates for help,” he said at the hearing.

“I told them we took ketamine, I said I thought she was in a ‘K-hole’ passing out from taking ketamine.”

A Home Office pathologist, Dr. Nigel Cooper, told the inquest that Ms Larmour’s alcohol level was two and a half times the legal limit for driving and she had 1.3 milligrams of ketamine per liter of blood in her system.

Ketamine levels were “below the range of levels that would typically result in death” and Ms Lamour’s alcohol consumption would have caused “moderate intoxication”.

dr However, Cooper said the cocktail of both was enough to kill Ms Larmour.

“Hypostasis staining suggests she had been dead for a few hours when she was found around 5 a.m.,” he said.

Jeni Lamour was a high-performing student who received four A*-level exams.

Her mother, Sandra Lamour, said: “She took on mammoth tasks that other people would have avoided, but she attacked everything with panache, speed and efficiency. She was an accomplished singer and actress and was considered by many to be fit for the London stage.

“She was grounded and sensible and had a part-time job at the village shop in our next village.”

The investigation continues.

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