Portsmouth mother seeks answers over who sold son drugs

Maria Wain is the mother of Klone Boam who died after taking ecstasy in 2013. 'Pictured at home with documents relating to a police investigation. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151260-177)
Maria Wain is the mother of Klone Boam who died after taking ecstasy in 2013. 'Pictured at home with documents relating to a police investigation. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151260-177)
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  • Klone Boam, 20, died in May 2013 after taking what he thought was ecstasy
  • Inquest found drug was in fact powerful PMA
  • Mother wants to know why no one was charged over his death
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THE mother of a young man who died after taking ecstasy says her son’s death was not investigated properly by the police.

Klone Boam died on May 19, 2013, after spending the weekend taking a cocktail of drugs, including tablets known as green apples which he believed were ecstasy.

I won’t give up on this. I just want the truth. I don’t care what that truth is, I just need to know.

Maria Wain

An inquest into the 20-year-old’s death last week revealed the tablets were in fact the drug PMA – para-methoxyamphetamine – three times more potent than ecstasy.

But his mother Maria Wain has made a complaint over Hampshire Constabulary’s handling of the case.

Although a woman was arrested in connection with the case she was never charged and the case was closed.

Miss Wain, who suffers from severe anxiety and post-traumatic stress, believes a number of mistakes were made which meant police did not arrest the person responsible for selling Klone the drugs.

‘There are procedures the police should have taken and they didn’t,’ said Miss Wain.

‘I was never offered a police liaison officer or victim support. They just told me he was dead and left.

‘I’ve asked for his clothes back repeatedly and now they say they don’t know where they are.

‘They have never given me my son’s mobile phone back.’

But the most serious issues surround what happened when police were called to the house where Klone died, in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.

The house was full of people and the first police officer on the scene captured footage on his body-worn camera.

Miss Wain, of Sandringham Road, Fratton, who has four other children, repeatedly asked to see the footage but was told it was not downloadable.

Pressed by Portsmouth Coroner David Horsley at the inquest last week, PC David Tester admitted he had never sought anyone else’s help to try and download it.

Miss Wain has made repeated requests to see the footage taken by PC Tester’s female colleague but has been told no other officers were with him when he first attended the scene.

This is despite witnesses saying there was another officer there and a 999 call heard by The News in which a female police officer identifies herself at the scene to a 999 operator.

Klone’s mother feels that officers’ footage could provide vital evidence about who was responsible for supplying the drugs to her son.

The inquest heard that despite there being around eight people at the address at the time of Klone’s death, no-one was arrested and instead they were asked to voluntarily give statements.

Only some of those there at the time did so.

Miss Wain says she believes everyone should have at least been interviewed.

Police were given the name of the man believed to be responsible for selling the killer ‘green apples’ – which Klone and his friends took willingly – but he was never interviewed by police.

Klone had been in trouble with police and his mother feels it is for that reason his death was not taken seriously.

She said: ‘I believe the police didn’t follow their procedures and investigate my son’s death properly.

‘They could have done more to make arrests. They didn’t even ask anyone who was giving out the drugs.

‘The house was known for drug taking. They could have arrested people there and then and they didn’t.

‘I won’t give up on this. I just want the truth. I don’t care what that truth is, I just need to know.’

In a statement Hampshire Constabulary said ‘Officers from our Professional Standards Department have made arrangements to speak to Mrs Wain next week to discuss her complaint in detail, after which further investigation will be conducted as appropriate.

‘We have spoken to Mrs Wain today and will be happy to answer any of her questions direct.’

Fatal drug ‘three times more potent than ecstasy’

THE inquest into Klone Boam’s death heard he and his friends had spent the weekend partying and taking drugs.

On Saturday May 18, 2013, the group took green apple tablets, which they believed to be ecstasy.

Speaking at the inquest in Portsmouth last week, friend Charlie Brown said: ‘The truth is that a new batch of pills had come in. I had never seen these ones before, green apples. We now understand there was no ecstasy in it.

‘We were the first ones to try them.’

People were still partying at Charlie’s house in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, when he returned on the Sunday afternoon with another group of friends who found Klone seriously ill, alone in a room, which had been smashed up.

He was dressed only his boxer shorts.

The inquest heard toxicology tests found a lethal amount of PMA – para-methoxyamphetamine – which is three times more potent than ecstasy and caused Klone’s brain to swell and a cardiac arrest.

Coroner David Horsley said: ‘Klone was one of a group of friends that used recreational drugs, including ecstasy, on a regular basis.

‘On the 18th and 19th of May, 2013, he and others had taken tablets they had never taken before which they believed to be ecstasy.

‘Those tablets were not ecstasy but contained a drug called PMA which is much more potent and contained a fatal amount. Klone became unconscious. Emergency services were called and despite resuscitation attempts by his friends, police and paramedics he was declared dead at 5.33pm on May 19.’

He went on: ‘Out of this tragedy hopefully some good will come – that people will think twice about taking the risk of doing a drug that they don’t know what it is.

‘They are signing their own death sentence, particularly with something like this which is far more powerful than anything they had taken before.’