Party lecturer admits drug offences
Published 17/10/2011 | 13:02
A university lecturer has admitted drug possession after a schoolgirl collapsed during a party at his house and died.
Isobel Jones-Reilly, 15, died after taking ecstasy at an unsupervised party at Brian Dodgeon's west London home in April.
Dodgeon, 61, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession, including the party drugs ecstasy, LSD and ketamine, when he appeared at West London Magistrates' Court. The research fellow at the University of London's Institute of Education also admitted keeping psychedelic drug 5-MeO-DIPT - better known as Foxy Methoxy.
Around 30 teenagers attended the party, at Dodgeon's home in Barlby Road, north Kensington, on April 22 this year and were drinking cider, wine and spirits and smoking marijuana, Magistrates were told. Dodgeon and his partner Angela Hadjipateras were away at a party in Hastings at the time.
In "the most dramatic exhibition of remorse" Dodgeon leapt from a bridge in a suicide attempt a week after the incident, said Rhona Friedman, mitigating.
He required brain surgery, broke numerous bones - including a femur, an elbow and a heel - and fractured his skull after he jumped off a flyover on the North Circular Road in Walthamstow, east London.
In court, he used a crutch to make his way to the dock and was wearing a navy suit and a white shirt.
Magistrates heard that he did not supply the drugs to anyone and they were stored in his bedroom, which was off-limits to party guests - who were invited to the event through Facebook.
An inquest into the death of the teenager, who lived in Ramsay Road, South Acton, was opened and adjourned in May. The cause of her death was listed as MDMA - more commonly known as ecstasy - ingestion.
Dodgeon will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on November 18