File on Burnley teen’s drugs death passed to prosecutors

First published in News

A FILE on the circumstances surrounding the drugs-related death of a vulnerable Burnley teenager has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Elizabeth Freeston, 19, was found dead in bed by her boyfriend Michael Grundy at their house, in Francis Street, on December 12 last year.

A post-mortem examination found that Miss Freeston had died from the combined toxic effects of heroin, diazepam and the anti-depressant fluoxetine.

A friend of the couple, Miss Stacey Spencer, told an inquest into her death on April 1: “Mick complained that Lizzy kept nagging him.

“He told me he was going to ‘shove her a couple of tablets’ to calm her down.

“I saw him after Lizzy died and he told me he had given her 10 diazepam tablets and around 20mls of heroin.”

Pathologist Dr Richard Prescott told the hearing the amounts alleged would have been ‘broadly within the parameters’ of the levels found in Miss Freeston’s system.

East Lancashire Coroner Richard Taylor has referred the case to the CPS to investigate whether, or not, there had been a criminal offence which could have contributed to her death.

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