Thursday 27 October 2016

No charges brought over death of teen Ana Hick who died 'after taking ecstasy'

Louise Roseingrave

Published 22/04/2016 | 11:10

Ana Hick
Ana Hick

The DPP has directed that no charges be brought in relation to the death of teenager who died after reportedly taking ecstasy.

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Ana Maria (Ana) Hick (18) from Northcote Terrace in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin collapsed outside the Twisted Pepper nightclub on Dublin’s Middle Abbey Street on May 16 2015.

She was rushed to the Mater hospital where she died the following day.

The teenager’s mother Elga Hick attended a brief inquest hearing at Dublin Coroner’s Court as a date for a full inquest was set.

A file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution who directed that no charges be brought, Inspector Sharon Kennedy of Store Street Garda Station told the court.

Ana, who had reportedly ingested three ecstasy tablets on a night out with friends, collapsed outside the nightclub at around 3 am.

Emergency services performed CPR at the scene amid efforts to save her life. She was rushed to the Mater Hospital and placed in intensive care unit.

The teenager's condition deteriorated and she was pronounced dead surrounded by family around 5pm the following day, May 17.

Ana had been out celebrating the end of her first year in college with friends when she collapsed.

She was described as fun-loving, determined and ambitious in tributes from friends following her death. She was due to celebrate her 19th birthday two days after her death.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell asked Ms Elga Hick if she had any questions ahead of the full inquest hearing into her daughter’s death and she replied no. The coroner adjourned the inquest until June 30 2016 for full hearing

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