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Saturday 21 October 2017

No charges over concert drugs death

NOBODY will be prosecuted over the drugs death of a young man following the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park last year.

Shane Brophy (21) died at a friend's house five hours after he attended the gig in July 2012.

Gardai admitted today that they will not be able to bring charges over his death.

Tests taken after his death indicated that he used cocaine and ecstasy-type drug MDMA.

Shane, from Co Laois, was rushed to Blanchardstown Hospital but doctors couldn't resuscitate him.

Dublin District Coroner's Court heard today from Inspector Deirdre Gill that there would be no prosecution.

The inquest into Mr Brophy's death was opened and adjourned at the Dublin Coroners' court in February.

At that time, Inspector John Bourke said the garda investigation was at "a pretty advanced stage at the moment".

Insp Bourke said a file was being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The deceased's brother, Adrian, said he identified the body of Shane, from the Swan, Fairymount, Crettyard, Laois, on July 8 last year at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell told members of the Brophy family that the toxicology report on Shane indicated that he used cocaine and ecstasy.

He said that there was also lignocaine in his system.

The court heard attempts had been made to resuscitate Shane at the accident and emergency department.

Dr Farrell said: "Lignocaine is a heart drug and it is used during resuscitation."

However cocaine in Dublin is also cut with it. Dr Farrell said this matter will be addressed in the full inquest.

The coroner set a hearing date of October 31.

aphelan@herald.ie

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