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Open verdict over death of Hendon woman Sabrina Thomas in Harrow
A housewife died in hospital following a drug overdose, a coroner’s court heard today.
Sabrina Thomas, of Great North Way, Hendon, died at Northwick Park Hospital on April 12 this year after having heroin injected into her system at a flat in Edgware.
Coroner Andrew Walker recorded an open verdict on the case, saying he could not establish whether the 31-year-old had taken the drugs herself or if they had been injected by someone else.
During the hearing at North London Coroners Court, he said: “We are left in the position where do not know if she was asleep when she was injected or whether she was assisted in administering the drugs herself.
“Because of this I will have to record an open verdict.
“It does appear that she voluntarily took the drugs but we cannot record a verdict because of the reasons I have just given."
In his conclusion he said: “I hope this will help you through this tragedy and you have my condolences.”
The court heard how the day before she died, Ms Thomas had taken heroin while at a flat in Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware, where soon after she had passed out.
An ambulance was called and the paramedic at the scene found Ms Thomas was not breathing and had no pulse.
She was taken to Northwick Park Hospital, in Watford Road, Harrow, where she died the next day due to a prolonged period without oxygen to the brain.
Members of the family present at the hearing raised concerns over the administering of the drugs and asked if there was any way she had been injected by someone else.
The coroner said based on the evidence and the statements of the two men at the scene, she may have been assisted in taking the drugs, which is not a criminal offence even if it led to her death.
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