Matthew Wing inquest: legal high caused Jersey man's death

A Jersey teenager died as a result of taking a legal high known as Benzo Fury, an inquest heard.

Matthew Raymond Wing, 19, died at St Helier's General Hospital on 11 March after a night out with friends.

Deputy Viscount Peter de Gruchy delivered a verdict of "death by accident" on Tuesday, "due to the effects of intoxication" with the drug.

Since Mr Wing's death, the drug, otherwise known as Snowballs or Herbal Ecstasy, has been made illegal.

The inquest heard Mr Wing took at least one tablet of Benzo Fury and drank large amounts of alcohol while out on Saturday 10 March.

The officer in charge of the investigation into Mr Wing's death, Det Const Thomas Haydn, said Mr Wing and his friends had been to several pubs and clubs and ended up at a party in the early hours of Sunday morning, where Mr Wing's condition deteriorated.

Mr Haydn said: "He was sweating and eventually, after a shower, went mad or freaked out, screaming in pain and saying 'get this out of me' and throwing himself around."

He ended up at a friend's house, where he was described as being "possessed", and the ambulance was eventually called, Mr Haydn said.

Deputy Viscount de Gruchy found that the drug contained the compound aminopropylbenzofuran and had caused "acute behavioural disturbance involving a prolonged struggle and period of restraint".

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