Thursday 22 June 2017

No charges in death of DJ after drinking game

Ross Cummins: allegedly drank a pint of whiskey for a challenge
Ross Cummins: allegedly drank a pint of whiskey for a challenge

Louise Roseingrave

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed that no prosecution be taken in the case of a DJ whose death was linked to the dangerous drinking game 'Nek Nomination'.

Ross Cummins (22), from Stella Gardens, Irishtown, Dublin, was found dead at a house on Macken Street, Dublin, on February 1, 2014.

He died as a result of alcohol and cocaine toxicity.

At an inquest into his death at Dublin Coroner's Court yesterday, Sergeant Ger Walsh said the DPP had directed that no prosecution be brought in relation to Mr Cummins's death.

Mr Cummins is believed to have been attending a party at the Macken Street address where he allegedly downed a pint of whiskey in a Nek Nomination challenge.

The Nek Nomination craze swept across social media sites early last year. Participants were challenged to film themselves downing alcoholic drinks before nominating someone else to continue the challenge.

A full inquest into Mr Cummins's death is due to take place on November 5.

Mr Cummins's death came within 24 hours of the death of Jonny Byrne (19) from Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow, who died after entering a river shortly after taking part in a Nek Nomination challenge.

The deaths promoted widespread condemnation of the Nek Nomination craze.

Irish Independent

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