Man on parole after NI student Jeni Larmour dies
A man who was present at the death of Co Armagh student Jeni Larmour has been charged with drugs in the form of parole for two years.
avir Kalliecharan pleaded guilty in Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to possession of MDMA, ketamine and cannabis at Park View Student Village at Newcastle University on Saturday 3 October last year.
The court heard how the parents of Kalliecharan (19), of Coleridge Close, Leeds, had taken him from Leeds to his university residence on Friday, while Ms Larmour, from Newtownhamilton, had moved a few days before. she was found dead in her residence.
A former deputy principal of the Armagh Royal School, she had moved to town to study architecture and town planning at the University of Newcastle.
Kalliecharan’s attorney, Michael O’Garra, told the court his client and Ms Larmour went with a group of roommates to a pub in Newcastle before Ms Larmour realized she had forgotten her ID card. The couple returned to the apartment in a taxi where Kalliecharan went to his room to use the bathroom.
“Shortly after, Jeni walked into the room and brought the drugs, ketamine and MDMA with her – she asked if he would like to try it, he had never tried it before,” M said. O’Garra.
“She cut two lines of medicine and demonstrated with him how the medicine could be taken.”
It is understood that Ms. Larmour’s family dispute whether it was her medication or that she provided it to Kalliecharan.
Mr O’Garra told the court that Kalliecharan had not been able to complete her portion of drugs and that Ms Larmour had completed what was left.
Kalliecharan “immediately felt bad” and “went back to his toilet, he passed out,” Mr. O’Garra said. “It wasn’t until 5 am that he came back, he found Jeni tragically lying on the floor of her bedroom, he found that she was cold. He sounded the alarm, talked to his roommates and started CPR, ”he said.
Kalliecharan “accepts that the cannabis found in the accommodation is his own,” he added. “Jeni had asked her if she could leave the drugs to him. It was their intention to leave.
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor Lesley Burgess told the court that in the accused’s apartment a gram of MDMA was found along with cannabis joints, ketamine and drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and a pocket knife, which were later seized by the police.
“He accepted that during the incident where, unfortunately, Jeni was found dead, he had taken the drugs, ketamine and MDMA and that he had taken control of them and put these drugs in various places in his room. “said the prosecutor.
Miss Burgess added: “To point out, anything that is said by the defense cannot be challenged by the Crown. The accused can come up with any mitigation they want and we cannot challenge them.”
The defense attorney told the court that Kalliecharan’s guilty pleas will have an effect on his life and have had an impact on his family, including his father, who is a doctor.
The defendant was prescribed medication following the incident and is undergoing therapy, the court was told.
The Kalliecharan family offered their condolences to Ms Larmour’s mother, Sandra, who was present at the hearing via video link.
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