Fifteen-year-old champion showjumper died after taking MDMA at end of term party

A teenage champion showjumper died after she took MDMA at an end of exams party, an inquest heard.

Tragic Hannah Bragg, 15, died in a field after consuming a "substantial" amount of the drug during a celebratory gathering with friends, the coroner was told.

The teen was described as a previously healthy young girl but the coroner heard she suffered a seizure.

A previous court hearing heard the drugs were bought by a teen on the dark web and given to Hannah, who was described as 'slight and naive'.

Emergency services were called around 4pm on 23 June 2018 and Hannah was air-lifted to hospital but could not be revived.

A 14-year-old boy, who was also taken ill at the same time, was later discharged from hospital.

The inquest into her death, held at Plymouth, Devon, today (Friday) heard she died of the toxic effect of MDMA.

Coroner Ian Arrow gave a verdict of a drug-related death and said: "She went to a field with a friend and took a substantial amount of MDMA, it was probably quite a large amount.

"Had she not taken the drugs that day she would not have died.

"My condolences go to you and all of Hannah's friends, I'm sure the loss has been extremely shocking to them all."

Hannah, described as a talented showjumper, had met with friends for the bash in her home town of Tavistock, Devon.

The inquest heard how the youths gathered in a field and were seen by a local farmer, listening to music.

The farmer later told cops that Hannah appeared unstable and was seen staggering from side to side.

He then asked them to move on and they headed towards a viaduct, which was the moment Hannah became ill.

PC Graham Callender of Devon and Cornwall Police, told the inquest: "I was called to a report of a young female who was suffering a suspected cardiac arrest.

"I arrived at the field at 4.30pm and saw paramedics working on a partially clothed female.

"I spoke with a paramedic who informed me that the female was called Hannah Bragg.

"He stated her condition was very poor and it was looking as though she wouldn't survive.

"I spoke to the male and he said they'd taken MDMA and some acid. He didn't say anything else and he started to hyperventilate.

"I was told the young woman would be removed by air ambulance.

"Whilst waiting for other officers to arrive I took a search of the area but didn't find anything of evidential avenue.

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"Hannah Bragg's backpack had left the scene."

He described Hannah as a "very small female of a slight build, being just 5ft."

He added: "She was inexperienced and naive.

"MDMA is one of those terrible drugs, where there isn't a substance that can be taken as a countenance to revert the effects of the drug.

"Therefore the toxicity of the amount of drugs she had taken, there is nothing she could have taken to try and revert those effects.

"With MDMA, it is my understanding, that there is nothing to be taken with that drug. Tragically the drug she had taken was very strong."

Prior to the inquest, two schoolboys were sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court for supplying the drugs which killed Hannah.

The two youths, aged 16 and 17, admitted supplying class A drugs.

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The 17 year old boy from Tavistock was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and ordered to do 50 hours unpaid work.

The 16 year old boy from Yelverton was given a 24-month youth rehabilitation order and ordered to do 70 hours unpaid work.

He alone was also charged with supplying ecstasy, properly known as MDMA, to Hannah on the date that she died.

The judge acknowledged that he had to sentence the boys based on the age that they were when the incident occurred which was 14 and 15 years old.

Speaking after the crown court sentencing, Hannah's mum Karen Bragg issued a warning to other youngsters about the dangers of taking drugs.

She said: "If it can happen to Hannah, it can happen to anyone," she said.

"We want them to think 'Hannah took this and she died. Am I prepared for what could happen?'"

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