Jeni Larmour, 18, described as “a model pupil” by her former headmaster, was an accomplished student and classical singer who was about to embark on a degree in planning and architecture at university.

However the teenager consumed a fatal combination of the anesthetic drug ketamine and alcohol on the first night in her student flat on campus at Newcastle University.

Miss Larmour was found by paramedics at 5:00 am on Oct 3 2020, by which time it was already clear to them that she was dead.

Dr. Nigel Cooper, a Home Office pathologist, told the inquest in Newcastle that Miss Larmour’s alcohol level was two and a half times the legal driving limit and she had 1.3 milligrams of ketamine per liter of blood in her system.

A toxicologist found the ketamine level was “below the range of levels that would typically cause death” and her alcohol intake would have caused “moderate intoxication in an average social drinker”.

However the cocktail of both was enough to kill the teenager, the hearing was told.

Dr. Cooper said that death was due to a combination of ketamine and alcohol.

He added: “The most important thing is how used an individual is to a drug like ketamine, it would have a greater effect if a person was not used to its effects.”

Although Miss Larmour was found at 5:00 am, the inquest heard that another student had found her “stiff” as early as 10:00 pm the previous evening.

Found Several Hours After Death

Dr. Cooper told the hearing: “The paramedics seem to have been sure she was very obviously dead, if they feel there is any spark of life they would usually attempt resuscitation.

“Hypostasis discolouration would suggest she had been dead for some hours when she was found at around 5:00 am.”

Miss Larmour, who was from Newtonhamilton, County Armagh, was a star pupil at the Royal School Armagh, a prestigious grammar school, which she had ambitions to attend from the age of nine.

Her mother Sandra told the hearing that Miss Larmour had been accomplished and widely travelled despite her young age.

She became deputy head girl at school and was also a talented singer. Miss Larmour was also a senior army cadet and took part in a Round Britain tall ships race.

While achieving four A* A-levels, she attended Trinity School, London, where she gained an advanced diploma in classical singing, usually given to those hoping to pursue it as a profession.

In 2019 she sang a solo from the opera Carmen in French at Armagh Cathedral and in the same year went on a school trip to New Delhi, paid for by her own charitable work, including an abseil.

Seeing the slums of the city inspired her to choose planning and architecture as her chosen degree and she was accepted at Newcastle University.

Mrs. Larmour told the hearing: “Jeni’s bag was always packed and I am proud that she had such a varied experience of life in her limited years.

“She took on mammoth tasks other people would have avoided but she attacked everything with vim, speed and efficiency. She was an accomplished singer and actress and was declared by many as being fit for the London stage.

“She was grounded and sensible and had a part time job in the village shop in our nearest village. Jeni had an electric personality.”

Mrs. Larmour told of the devastating effect of the death on her family.

She added: “She had an action packed life but was an unassuming girl of many talents. She took everything in her stride.

“Her death has left a huge void that will never be filled and was a huge and incalculable loss to me, her father, David, her brother Daniel and her extended family.

“I believe she was also a huge loss to Newcastle University and the planning and architectural world she would have joined.”

Student admitted possession of drugs

Attending the hearing was Kavir Kalliecharan, 19, from Leeds, who was in the flat with her on the night in question and was prosecuted, receiving a conditional discharge. He is represented at the hearing by Richard Wright, KC.

Mr. Kalliecharan claimed at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court that Miss Larmour produced the drugs which the two took.

Mr. Kalliecharan, the court was told, became ill and passed out. When he came around he found Miss Larmour on the room floor and raised the alarm before starting CPR.

In April, the court case against Mr. Kalliecharan was adjourned for eight weeks while the CPS reviewed “the severity of the charges” against him.

When the case resumed in June, he pleaded guilty to possessing MDMA, ketamine and cannabis at Newcastle University’s Park View Student Village on the day in question.

Mr. Kalliecharan had the drug charges against him dealt with by way of conditional discharge for two years and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £21 victim surcharge.

The hearing continues.

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