Ilkeston woman, 22, died after taking ‘PMA’ drug

Kimberly Bradbury
Kimberly Bradbury

A 22-year-old Ilkeston woman died after taking class A drugs on a night out to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Kimberly Bradbury, from Hedges Drive, died on June 8 last year after being rushed to hospital in the early hours of the morning.

An inquest into her death was held at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroners Court, with Derby’s assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless hearing evidence from friends who were with her on the night.

They openly admitted that drugs had been taken on more than one occasion through the night and that Kimberly was a recreational drug user.

A postmortem found amphetamine and a lethal drug called PMA in her system, which caused her death.

However, in evidence, it became clear that the girls were under the impression that they were taking the drug MDMA(ecstasy).

One friend told how they had taken the drug before going into an Ilkeston pub. They then got a taxi into Nottingham. At 2.30am they went back to a friend’s house where Kimberly is believed to have taken what she thought was MDMA. Shortly afterwards she became unwell and her friend called an ambulance. She died at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

Doctor Andrew Hitchcock, consultant pathologist at Derby Royal Hospital said: “When a stimulant effect goes wrong it can produce hyperthermia, brain swelling and epileptic seizures.”

The inquest also heard that the last text to her boyfriend, Craig Newton,read: “I love you my bear.”

Steve Holme, drugs advisor to Derbyshire Police, told the inquest the force had recovered more amphetamine than any other drug this year and there had ben six deaths in the county in the past two years through people taking it.

He said: “The chemicals needed to produce MDMA haven’t been available so drug dealers have been putting whatever they want in. Most ecstasy tablets haven’t had ecstasy in them for four or five years. There is no such thing as an honest drugs supplier in this world.”

He said amphetamines should not be seen as a lesser drug and were illegal because they are dangerous, not to spoil people’s fun.

Mr McCandless recorded a outcome of ‘drug related death.’ He said: “The impression I get of the group is that there is a quite a blasé attitude about the taking of stimulants and they are not mindful of the dangers.

“I am in no doubt that this young woman had everything to live for and brought enjoyment to people’s lives.

“I can but hope that lessons are learned by those that have been left behind.”