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fatal cocktail Coroner finds Co Down mum died of accidental drug overdose on night out in Liverpool

Jessica was described as 'beautiful' and 'generous' by her parents


Jessica Gibson

Jessica Gibson

Jessica Gibson

A coroner has found a Banbridge mum who died suddenly while on a night out in Liverpool had accidentally overdosed on heroin and cocaine.

Jessica Gibson (31) had been on a night with family in the city in July of this year when she passed away.

The inquest heard from Ms Gibson’s parents today, who described their daughter as “beautiful”, saying they didn’t know how their daughter had got hold of the drugs.

Her mother, Jennifer, said: "She did like to have a drink, I can't lie about that, but I could not believe heroin... Nobody seems to know where she got it.

"We have asked the police about who gave it to her but they don't know."

Speaking of their daughter’s generosity, Jennifer cited an example of Jessica helping a homeless person during the football European championships.

She explained: “She was generous, generous to a fault even. I'll give an example. We were watching the football in Blackpool, England vs Ukraine in the Euros, and she saw a poor wee homeless man sitting on the floor.

"She sat down with him and said, 'you don't need to be sitting here, get yourself home', and she gave him £20.”

The coroner said there was nothing to suggest the drugs had been forced into Jessica’s system, but that the levels of drugs in her body would have been near fatal - even for a tolerant user.

The coroner, Andre Rebllo, said: "I understand Jessica had taken some drugs in the past but this was normally cocaine, not heroin.

"She was not a tolerant user, therefore if this level would have been fatal or near-fatal for a tolerant user this level would suffice to explain Jessica's death.

“There are some people out there who peddle these drugs that are causing death to those people who are vulnerable and turn to them for release.

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"Those people actually profit from your grief and bereavement and you are also victims of their illicit and evil trade."

Jessica’s family had travelled to Blackpool in July after their holiday to Lanzarote was cancelled due to the pandemic.

She travelled to Liverpool for a night out with friends, and was due to fly back to Northern Ireland the next day.

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