Drug Death Fall

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Thomas Millward, from Cheltenham
Thomas Millward, from Cheltenham
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Parents of ‘exceptional’ Cambridge student from Cheltenham who died after a fall are now searching for answers

An “exceptional” student who died in a fall at a Cambridge University college had evidence of LSD in his system, a pre-inquest review has heard.

Thomas Millward, from Cheltenham, was found injured at the bottom of stairs at Girton College on March 5th last year. He died in hospital the next day. The 19-year-old, who studied engineering, was described as “one of the most promising young men of his generation”. His family said that his organs had been donated so that he could help others.

Cambridgeshire assistant coroner Simon Milburn said medical evidence about a finding of LSD would be heard at a later three-day jury inquest. Cambridgeshire Police said at the time that Mr Millward’s death was not thought to be suspicious, but a 19-year-old woman from Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs. Evidence of two people running up and down a corridor before the incident and of a footprint on a vending machine is being considered ahead of the full inquest, The pre-inquest review hearing at Cambridgeshire Coroner’s Court in Huntingdon was told. Thomas Millward’s father Brian said he had concerns about the height of safety railings on an upper landing at the college. On the upper floor the guard rail was considerably lower than the building regulations that would be recommended for such a guard. Brian Millward also expressed concerns that a post-mortem examination had not been carried out, adding: “It might have given possible indications of how high he fell from, whether his knee had given way or that kind of thing.” A relative, whose name was given as Dr O’Driscoll, told the hearing:

“We would just like to know the truth as far as possible.”

He continued: “Was he sliding down the bannisters, was he balancing and fell, or was he on the [vending] machine?” A full inquest will be heard before a jury at a date to be fixed.