NekNominate case inquest to start

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Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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An inquest into the death of a man who took part in the drinking challenge NekNominate is due to begin today.

Isaac Richardson, 20, collapsed after drinking a cocktail involving a “large amount” of alcoholic drinks at the hostel where he worked in Woolwich, south-east London, on February 8.

The NekNominate game involves participants filming themselves downing alcohol, nominating someone to continue the game, and posting the video on Facebook.

At a brief opening of the inquest in February, coroner’s officer Steven Moss said it is believed Mr Richardson was involved in a “social network challenge called Neck and Nominate”.

People at the hostel tried to resuscitate Mr Richardson before ambulance crews arrived and he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital shortly after 11pm but died two hours later.

Detective Sergeant Roy Black previously said he did not “envisage” criminal charges in the case.

The NekNominate challenge became an online craze earlier this year after originating in Australia and has seen players consuming alcohol with dog food, engine oil and live goldfish.

The inquest will begin at 9.30am at Southwark Coroner’s Court in central London.

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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