Mystery of ketamine teen’s hanging death

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Inquest told man took £900 worth of the drug in week before he died

A TEENAGER took £900 worth of ketamine the week before he was found hanging in a South Yorkshire football field, an inquest heard.

Adam Gary Sephton, aged 18, from Bentham Way, Mapplewell, Barnsley, was found hanging in an open shelter at the bottom of a football field on Spark Lane, Mapplewell, where he’d attended a birthday party the night before.

At an inquest into his death, his friend Kieron Baker said Mr Sephton sold a gold bracelet given to him by his grandfather for £850 that week and spent all the money on drugs.

The court heard he had been experimenting with drugs for two years - taking up to nine grams of Ketamine at a time.

Ketamine is powerful general anaesthetic which depresses the nervous system and causes temporary loss of body sensation.

It can also cause hallucinations, loss of perception and confusion and has been linked to memory loss and depression.

Mr Baker said: “He was upset about twice failing a job application test at the company where his father worked and said he felt he would never get a job.”

His mum, Jayne Sephton said she would be surprised if he’d intended to kill himself.

She said they had made plans to go and see the latest Harry Potter film the day his body was found.

The night before he died, he stayed at Mr Baker’s house.

Mr Baker said he spent about £15 a day on Ketamine and often took nine grams at a time.

The court heard he left Mr Baker’s house at 1.30am to attend a birthday party at the shelter.

His body was found at 8.50am the next morning by a dog walker.

He didn’t leave a note and he’d not told anyone he was planning to take his own life.

Mrs Sephton said the month before her son was admitted to hospital after drinking a litre of vodka.

She said when he woke, he asked: ‘Why did you have to wake me up? You should have left me.’

The court heard the cause of death was hanging.

Recording a narrative verdict, coroner Donald Coutts-Wood, said he couldn’t be sure if Mr Sephton had intended to kill himself or if it was the effect of the drugs in his system.

He said to Mrs Sephton: “Thank you for being here. I suspect you have not learnt a great deal because the evidence really is not there.”

Afterwards Mrs Sephton said: “I didn’t realise how bad his drug problems were.”