The cloakroom at a Northampton nightclub where two students died was in “unprecedented demand” before the crush that led to their deaths, a coroner has said.
On the first morning of the inquest into the deaths of Dani Jackson and Nabila Nanfuka, a jury heard the girls were students who did not know each other but had both bought tickets from their universities for an event at Lava & Ignite on October 18, 2011.
In a summary of the events, assistant coroner Belinda Cheney said the club - which has since closed - was extremely busy and there were problems getting students into the premises, which led to managers sending at least 150 people to another nearby nightclub.
She added: “Apparently there was an unprecedented demand for the cloakroom.
“It evidently became chaotic as people tried to reclaim their things.”
At about 3.44am, the inquest heard, a crush developed on the stairs and as a result 28 people were injured.
Nabila, a student at the University of Northampton, and Dani were both found unconscious on the stairs and taken outside for treatment and then subsequently to hospital.
Nabila died in Northampton General Hospital in the early hours of that day, October 19.
Dani died of her injuries at a hospital in Leicester on November 6.
The inquest could last up to three weeks and barristers are present for the security firm overseeing the event as well as the company that owned Lava & Ignite, Luminar leisure, which has been liquidated.
Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire fire and Rescue Service, Lava & Ignite’s former managers and Dani’s family are all represented as well.