Police Name 19-Year-Old Who Died At Sydney Dance Party
A teenager is dead and three others were placed into induced comas following suspected drug overdoses at the 'Knockout Games of Destiny" Dance Party.
Callum Brosnan, 19, died in hospital after attending the dance party at Sydney's Olympic Park on Saturday night.
Police on Sunday confirmed that the teenager was found "in a distressed state" at a nearby railway station and was rushed to Concord hospital shortly after 1am, where he later died.
Investigators are unable to say how much drugs he took.
At least 16 others were also taken to hospital with police saying a further 130 people had sought medical treatment during the event.
Two women aged 19 and 25, and a man were also rushed to hospital in critical conditions, following suspected drug overdoses.
Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said on Sunday that two of the three have since come out of induced comas but remain critical, while the third remains in a coma.
The 'Knockout Games of Destiny' event was attended by more than 18,000 people and organised by Harder Styles United (HSU).
Police said they were not currently pursuing charges against the festival owners.
HSU spent much of the lead up to the event spruiking their safety measures on social media.
Videos posted to the HSU Facebook page included tips and information on where to get help and encouraged attendees to stay safe.
Police said they found more than 70 people in possession of drugs, including an 18-year-old girl who was found with 390 MDMA capsules.
The teenager has since been charged with supply prohibited drug and is due to appear in court early next months.
A 25-year-old man was found with 145 MDMA capsules. He was charged and refused bail and is due to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.
Three others were also charged with drug supply offences and will appear in court at later dates.
The majority of drugs at the event were MDMA, but Police could not confirm reports people were ingesting drugs to avoid detection.
“Police and emergency services continue to send warning messages about illegal drugs, and many festival-goers are choosing to ignore them."
“There is no acceptable use for drugs – the message is clear. We will continue to have a strong presence at festivals and dance parties with the well-being and safety of attendees our number one priority”.
Police said more than 130 officers, 140 security staff and dozens of medical staff were at the even to "protect and discourage people from taking prohibited drugs."
"The frustrating part is that the offenders themselves aren't learning, which is putting other young lives at risk," Thurtell said.
He added that strong police operations will continue to be presented at dance parties in the future.
The incident comes almost three months after two people died and another two were critically injured at Sydney's Defqon 1 festival.
Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Berejiklian was not willing to budge on the issue once again.
"Unfortunately, we know that pill-testing won't work because it will give people a green light to taking drugs," she said.
"Everybody's body reacts to chemicals in a different way. Pill-testing doesn't mean it's safe."
Investigations are continuing.
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