Drugs find confirmed at house where teen girl died

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Drugs were in an unlocked cupboard and under a bed at the London home of a university lecturer where a 15-year-old girl died during a party last month, an inquest heard yesterday.

But the proceedings into the death of Isobel Jones-Reilly, who is believed to have died of a drug-induced cardiac arrest, were adjourned yesterday after it was announced that the homeowner, Brian Dodgeon, was in serious condition at a hospital from an apparent suicide attempt.

The 60-year-old research fellow at the University of London broke his legs after jumping from a flyover on the North Circular Road in Walthamstow, north London, on Monday.

He is on bail after being arrested on suspicion of child abandonment and possession of drugs. He has been suspended with full pay by the university. Police found the drugs during a search of the house in Barlby Road, North Kensington, following Isobel's death early in the morning on 23 April.

Mr Dodgeon's 14-year-old daughter and two other teenagers were also detained at a hospital after apparently taking illegal substances.

Isobel had consumed a variety of drugs – including ecstasy – after the teenagers, who were left in the house by Mr Dodgeon and his partner, began drinking alcohol.

The inquest will resume in July after the results from a post-mortem examination have come in.

The coroner's officer said: "Toxicology tests have been sent away for analysis. It could be between four to six weeks before we hear anything about the exact cause of death."