Lava & Ignite inquest: Coroner says nightclubs and promoters must have clear plan how to get clubbers out of venues

Dani Jackson (Laurene Danielle Jackson)
Dani Jackson (Laurene Danielle Jackson)

A coroner has said clubs and promoters must learn lessons from the deaths of two students after a crush at Northampton nightclub.

Coroner Belinda Cheney made the comments at the conclusion of the inquest into the deaths of Dani Jackson and University of Northampton student Nabila Nanfuka, who died in hospital of crush asphyxia following an event in October 2011. Mrs Cheney said: “I’d like to pass the condolences of all of us to the families of both Nabila and Dani.

Addressing Dani’s family, she continued: “As a mother myself of a daughter who regularly goes clubbing, I can try to imagine the shock and sorrow of losing your bright and beautiful daughter in this tragic way.

“While I can’t see an obvious way of writing officially to anyone a letter to prevent future deaths, I do endorse what Dani’s family’s solicitor said on your behalf, that we must hope that those who work in clubs and those who promote events learn lessons from this tragedy.

“Of critical importance is clubs and promoters having a clearly-formulated plan for the safe management of clubbers throughout the event and exit at the end of the event.”

The jury had earlier recorded a narrative verdict and said they believed that “safe exit from the club was not adequately considered by the promoters and club.”