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Student fell nine floors to his death after drinking heavily and taking MDMA on night out.

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A student plunged to his death after drinking heavily and taking the drug MDMA , an inquest has heard.

Luke Johns, 19, suffered multiple head injuries after he toppled over a stairway banister and fell from the top floor of his halls of residence in Plymouth city centre.

An inquest yesterday heard the teenager, who was studying law, had been drinking heavily, smoked cannabis and taken MDMA during a night out with friends.

Plymouth Coroner’s Court heard that on the evening of February 18, 2017, he had been to the student union bar before moving on to various pubs, the Plymouth Herald reports .

He and his friends later returned to his halls – Discovery Heights on Cobourg Street – and continued drinking and playing games in the communal area.

The teenager, originally from Pontypridd in Wales, left the room after becoming unwell in the early hours of February 19.

The court heard that a short time later a security guard saw him leaning over the banister and fall to the bottom of the stairwell.

Andrew Perry, who works for Unite Students, which owns the accommodation block, was on patrol on the night of the tragedy.

He told the court he had visited a flat on the ninth floor after a candle had triggered a smoke alarm sensor.

After investigating the incident, he left the room and heard a noise in the stairwell.

He told the court: “I stood in the lift lobby waiting for the lift and I heard some very faint sound of somebody out of breath and an urging-type noise.

“I opened the door at the top of the stairs.”

He said he saw the teenager “balance over the railings facing upwards” between the eighth and ninth floor.

“He fell over the railings,” he added.

“I ran down the stairs phoning 999 and put on my gloves.”

The court heard Mr Perry began administering CPR and did “everything he could” in a desperate bid to save the teenager.

Deputy coroner Andrew Cox praised him for his actions, saying: “Thank you very much indeed for what you tried to do for Luke that night. Lots of people wouldn’t be able to do that and you did do that.”

DC Sarah Thorne, based at Charles Cross Police Station, told the inquest that there was no evidence of any third party involvement in Mr Johns’ death.

She added that students told officers that a number of people, including Mr Johns, had smoked cannabis and taken MDMA that night.

The court heard the teenager, who was 6’8’’, died from multiple head injuries.

A post mortem examination revealed he had also suffered large cuts to his armpit and lower leg and compound fractures to his his left tibia and fibula.

Toxicology tests showed he had 196mg of alcohol in 100ml of his blood – about two and a half times the legal drink-drive limit.

The court heard the level of MDMA in his system was well below the toxic range but could have had a significant impact on his balance, coordination and judgement.

A investigation conducted by landlord Unite Students found the stairway complied with building regulations of the time. The author found that no changes needed to be made to the building, the court was told.

Mr Cox, deputy coroner from Plymouth, described the death as an “absolute tragedy”.

Summing up the evidence, he said: “The circumstances as we have heard is that Luke was doing what all students do – having a good time.”

He added: “I think what has happened to Luke, he’s gone out, had a good night out with his friends. He’s had a bit too much to drink and he’s taken drugs, which I cannot condone.

He continued: “I’m quite clear he didn’t intend to fall over and perhaps lost his balance because he’s under the influence.

“I think he may have staggered and lost his balance for whatever reason and he’s toppled over the bannister and fallen to his death. This by all description is an accident.

“It is a horrible accident and an absolute tragedy.”

Following his death, floral tributes were left near the stairs at the Discovery Heights, next to lit candles, a bottle of scrumpy and cans of cider.

One note read: “We send our heartfelt sympathies to friends and family through this difficult time. Rest in peace. Love 805.”

Friend Summer Louise Otton said: “This is the beginning of what people have been placing in Discovery in memory of the wonderful Luke Johns.”

Tributes were posted online by friends – both in Plymouth and in Wales – who described the teenager as “the nicest”, “a true friend”, “such a good person”, “a top guy” and “true legend”.

Llantwit Fardre FC, who Mr johns used to play for, posted a touching tribute on Twitter.

It said: “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of our former player Luke ‘Johnsy’ Johns who tragically passed away this weekend.  RIP”.

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Absa became the new competitor on the Ethiopia market.

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Absa Bank Of South Africa’s  has become the Latest Multinational Corporation to show Interest in Organizing the Ethiopia market.

Ethiopia has since Prevented Foreign Ownership in Economic Sectors that Includes Banking but Abiy Ahmed has began to take fast Action on the issue since he came to power in April.



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Black box of the Ethiopian Airline Crash recovered.

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The United Nations described the Sunday crash of the Ethiopia airline as disastrous saying it has cost them a great loss.



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Michael Moller, director-general of the U.N. European head garters said this was the worst loss suffered in years in Geneva in a statement where 150 people where gathered.

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