Charlotte Hibbert Obituary, Death – A young mother-of-two died of ‘cocaine poisoning’ two days after going out with her partner to celebrate Valentine’s Day. On February 16, paramedics discovered Charlotte Hibbert, 26, slumped at her house in Wythenshawe. She was pronounced deceased at the spot. Her partner was detained, and an inquest into her death was held, but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) determined that there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge him with gross negligence manslaughter.
Charlotte, who was said to use cocaine on social occasions, was in a good mood when she went out with her boyfriend on February 14, but paramedics were called on February 16, 2022, and found her unresponsive on the floor of their home on Sparkford Avenue in Brooklands, Wythenshawe, Manchester Coroners’ Court heard on Thursday (September 14). CPR was attempted, but she was pronounced dead at the site. A post-mortem examination revealed many bruises and lacerations on her upper arms, as well as trauma to her hand and scalp.
“Regardless of how these were obtained, I do not believe they to be a contributor either collectively or individually to the cause of death,” the Home Office pathologist who conducted the post mortem said at the inquest. He observed no other injuries associated with an assault. Charlotte had consumed cocaine ‘within a day or so’ of her death, according to a toxicology study, and the drug had also been taken when alcohol was present. He decided that “cocaine toxicity represented the central factor in Charlotte’s death,” after recording the cause of death as “cocaine toxicity.”
According to the inquest, senior investigating officer Matthew Dixon undertook a’special process inquiry’ into the incident because paramedics voiced worry about ‘the circumstances leading up to the death’ at the site. The paramedics were worried because no CPR had been done previous to their arrival, and they feared Charlotte had been deceased ‘for a longer period of time than reported,’ according to the inquest. Charlotte’s companion gave police a ‘first verbal statement’ at the scene, claiming that her drink had been tainted in the last establishment they visited.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided there was ‘insufficient evidence’ to charge Connor Duerden with gross negligence manslaughter, according to the inquest. It meant that no further action was taken against him, despite the fact that the inquest heard that an investigation into claims of possession of class A substances was ongoing. “Charlotte died at her home on February 16, 2022, having used cocaine within the previous day or so,” said assistant coroner Andrew Bridgman. Given the circumstances of her death, the only conclusion I can draw is that she died as a result of a drug overdose.”