Mum’s drugs death was tragic accident

IPSWICH: She will never be forgotten.

Those were the words of tragic Amanda Bennett’s grieving family today as the first anniversary of her death approaches.

The Ipswich 42-year-old mother-of-three was found unconscious in a car park behind the shops in Cambridge Drive, Ipswich, at around 7pm on August 12 last year. She was pronounced dead at Ipswich Hospital two days later.

At an inquest into her death, held at Ip-City in Hawes Street, Ipswich, Greater Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said Miss Bennett’s death was accidental and that although she had injected herself with drugs, she did not intend the outcome.

Expressing his condolences to Miss Bennett’s family, Dr Dean said that after her death the scene was preserved and searched and witness evidence was taken from those who had been in the area at the time of the incident.

One witness told police that Miss Bennett had injected herself with the contents of a syringe.

Dr Dean recorded Miss Bennett’s death as accidental. He said her death had been caused by her drug use, which had been “exasperated by alcohol in the system”.

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On behalf of Amanda’s family, Michael Bennett told The Evening Star his daughter’s memory would never be forgotten.

“She was such a brilliant mum and a very caring person,” he said.

“She would always help others before helping herself - she simply went off the rails in later life but she will never be forgotten.”

Earlier this year, Michael Smith, of Langer Road, Felixstowe, was handed a suspended 12-month jail term after admitting supplying class A drugs to Miss Bennett.

Smith had originally denied supplying heroin but changed his plea before his trial was due to start in April.

The court heard Mr Smith had met Miss Bennett in Cambridge Drive, where they shared �10 of heroin which she had in her possession.

Smith prepared the drug by mixing it with water and drawing a syringe before handing it back to Miss Bennett who injected the needle above her right ankle.

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