The inquest into the death of Amandeep Singh Sansoa aged only 21 has found that he had a very high level of ketamine in his system along with cocaine, MDMA and cannabis.
A friend of Amandeep’s who was at the inquest stated that the Amandeep Singh a natural sciences student ‘looked like a zombie’ when she saw him earlier at a house party in Southampton. Singh, did not stay at the party and left sometime that evening on November 30th 2018, his body was discovered just after 9am the next day in a drained yachting pond by people taking part in a ParkRun event on Southampton Common.
Jogger Joe Bibby climbed down into the drained pond to check on Mr Sansoa only to discover his mouth was filled with mud when he rolled him over.
Friend Dana Heffernan said: ‘I remember thinking he must be on drugs. There were a lot of drugs going around at the party. ‘Amandeep was not a regular drug user. I had never seen Amandeep like that.’ Mr Sansoa’s housemate Ben Jenkins, who was with him at the party in Alma Road in Southampton, said his friend was a ‘popular student’.
He added: ‘I know no reason why Amandeep would have been at the Common.’ Another friend Miranda Stracey paid tribute to him saying: ‘I was privileged enough to be asked to speak at his funeral, in front of a room full of people touched by absolutely everything Amandeep is and was. ‘Amandeep had to be one of the brightest, purest and kindest of souls I have ever had the honour of knowing. He visited me every time I was in hospital, and I would never have a moment where I wasn’t smiling around him. ‘He was vivacious, bright and so talented and has the potential to change the world, which has become so, so much duller without him. We all adored him, and he is missed every single day. His death is nothing short of a tragedy.’
The inquest heard there was no lighting or barriers around the pond. However, recording a conclusion of accidental death, coroner Grahame Short refused suggestions to call for them to be introduced. He said: ‘It is important the wildlife is not constantly bathed in artificial light and it is impossible to put barriers around every hazard.’