TRAGIC FINAL SNAPCHAT MESSAGES FROM THE 17-YEAR-OLD CHOKING AT READING FESTIVAL CAMP

Matthew Jones was found dead in his tent at Reading Festival last year.(Imagen: INS News Agency Ltd)

A teenager texted his friends saying ‘I’m sorry … I’m going to die’ before choking on a plastic bag at the Reading Festival, according to an investigation.

17-year-old Matthew Jones was found blue-faced inside his zippered sleeping bag when his friends returned to their tent at camp.

An investigation into his death heard how Matthew had sent a Snapchat message to his friends saying ‘I’m sorry’ asking them to pass it on to his parents.

He also texted a friend saying ‘I’m going to die,’ he heard Oxford Coroner & apos; s Court.

Coroner Darren Salter said he was unsure whether Matthew intended to commit suicide, so he entered an open verdict.

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The 17-year-old suffocated (Imagen: INS News Agency Ltd)

The teenager, who had not been considered high risk but suffered from moderate depression, had taken recreational levels of the drug ketamine and alcohol in the sand.

Deciding he wanted to go back to camp, he turned to one of his friends and said ‘If I’m high, strangle me’ before leaving the main stage on his own around 6pm.

The coroner heard that in the early hours of the next morning, the friends returned to the Reading Festival white zone camping area, just across the Berkshire / Oxfordshire border from Mapledurham.

The teenager was with friends at the Reading Festival. (Imagen: INS News Agency Ltd)

There, they discovered the teenager’s body in a zippered sleeping bag.

In a police report read in the investigation, the boy’s friends said they first thought he had been hiding as a joke, but then unzipped the sleeping bag and discovered that his face had turned blue and he was not breathing.

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Despite desperate efforts to save his life, paramedics were unable to save Matthew and he was pronounced dead at 2:17 a.m. on August 28 last year.

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Matthew had drunk alcohol and taken ketamine (Imagen: INS News Agency Ltd)

The next day, it emerged that Matthew had sent multiple messages to friends and acquaintances, including a group Snapchat that read, ‘Tell my friends and family that it’s okay.’ Sorry.

He also texted his friend George Ross saying ‘I’m going to die.’

A toxicology report issued after the teenager’s death revealed that he had 102 mg of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in his system at the time, just slightly above the 80 mg alcohol limit, which would have left a heavy drinker moderately drunk normal social.

The level of ketamine in his system was also found to be 0.26 mg per liter, which was consistent with recreational use of the drug.

The investigation heard that the drug could have left Matthew in a reverie state or caused him to hallucinate.

The tragedy occurred during the three-day music festival in August last year. (Image: Start reading)

The coroner, Mr. Salter, said in an open finding that there was insufficient evidence to show that the teenager had intended to kill himself.

However, a post-mortem examination showed that he had made such an attempt before, when he was 13 or 14 years old, and had felt moderately depressed in the lead up to the festival, due to the death of a close friend in June.

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As a result of this event, a report from support worker Brian McDermott at Aquarius, who met Matthew shortly after his friend’s accidental overdose, revealed that he had been drinking three to six days a week as a result of the tragic loss. .

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The 17-year-old’s friends thought he was playing a prank on them (Imagen: INS News Agency Ltd)

One of Matthew’s close friends, Benjamin Allen, who found the teenager at his store, said: ‘I know Matthew has been quite depressed for a couple of years. I don’t think he’s ever tried to kill himself before.

While we were at the festival, Matthew worriedly mentioned something about hanging himself. I thought he was joking or trying to be funny. ‘

Mr. Allen said that after some members of the group, including Matthew, took ketamine, he noticed that his mood had changed significantly and said several times that he wanted to go back to camp.

When the group returned at 1.55am and he walked into Matthew’s tent, but hadn’t seen the teenager at first because his sleeping bag was zipped up.

He said he had unzipped it, thinking his friend was joking, adding: ‘Matthew was lying on the floor on his side in the shorts he had on before. I couldn’t see his face because he had a white plastic bag covering his head.

‘I could see that Matthew’s face was blue. I had been yelling ‘wake up’ and asked one of our friends to help me perform CPR. ‘

Friends were watching an act on the main stage (file photo) (Image: Start reading)

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In recording an open conclusion, Mr. Salter said: “I am satisfied that Mr. Jones voluntarily did the act of placing a plastic bag over his head. The cause of death was described by the pathologist as suffocation.

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‘I am not sure enough that Mr. Jones has fully formed the intention to kill himself, so I am going to return an open conclusion which is the only appropriate conclusion in this case.

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You may have hallucinations, you may not have been able to form the intention to kill yourself. Nor can I rule out that there is some form of attention seeking involved. ‘

Speaking after the investigation, Matthew’s grandmother Nicolette Lethbridge said: ‘He didn’t want to commit suicide, he just wanted someone to help him.

Actually, Matthew was a very calm person. I think the noise, the lack of sleep, and the fact that his friend had died in June and his grandfather now dying horribly from dementia, may have affected him.

I think I wanted to be saved. I don’t know why you would send emails if you wanted to commit suicide. The little kids he e-mailed to wouldn’t know what to do. ‘

If you are having difficulty coping with mental health problems, there are ways to access help.

Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you feel, or if you are concerned about being overheard, you can email Samaritans at [email protected]

Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number will not appear on the phone bill.

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