Sydney Teen Dies At Festival After 'Silly, Stupid Mistake'
The grandmother of a Sydney teen who overdosed at a musical festival on the weekend says drug dealers are “worse than terrorists”.
Beverly Munnik’s eldest grandson, Callum Brosnan, died on Sunday after taking a lethal dose of illegal substances at the Knockout Games of Destiny festival -- something his family say was a “silly, stupid mistake”.
“He was hardworking, he’s been accepted into university, he was a musician and highly respected,” Brosnan's grandmother said through tears.
“I woke up this morning and thought it had all been a terrible nightmare… it’s a tragedy… through a silly stupid mistake.”
The former South African para-legal added that the people who sold her grandson the drugs are driven purely by greed and said they are “murdering” our youths.
“They are worse than terrorists…its greed. Greed for money and possessions, they don’t care about the repercussions they just care about selling whatever they’ve got,” she said.
“They are actually murdering them.”
More than 100 people were treated for drug-related illnesses at the festival, 14 were taken to hospital -- three in a critical condition, including Callum.
The conditions of two women, a 25 and 19 year-old, became stable on Monday.
Brosnan’s friends paid tribute to him online today.
The most jarring was from his best friend Bianca Douglas who was there “right through to (his) last moments at Knockout".
“I never dreamed that last night would be the last time I’d ever see you or hear your voice,” she wrote.
“From day one, meeting Eminem… right through to your last moments at knockout, you had a heart of gold.
“You will be so dearly missed by everyone; your wise words and your memories we shared will always stay with me.”
This is third festival death in as many months.
Two people died at the Defqon music Festival in Penrith in September.
Since then the NSW Government has introduced a new 25-year maximum penalty for dealers who are found to have killed someone and tougher regulations for party organisers.
However pill-testing is not being looked at as a solution because Premier Gladys Berejiklian says there’s no evidence that it works.
“If we thought it would work, we would consider it… but unfortunately you can’t say a pill is safe for every single person, every single person’s physical attributes are different,” she said in a press conference.
“The best advise we can give young people is you don’t need to take illegal substances to have a good time.”
In response, Take Control Campaign spokesperson Matt Noffs said “it’s sad” the state government won’t come around to pill-testing.
“It’s sad, pill testing has been working across Europe for over a decade so we’re utterly bewildered by that statement,” he told 10 News First.
“The fact that we have to fight fact with mere opinion reminds me of what’s happening in the US with Trump.
“Pill-testing is not legalising drugs… it’s better having an expert sitting there with young people than it is having a Premier pointing the finger blaming young people.”
The Noffs Foundation, which is pro pill-testing ran a successful trial at last year’s Groove in the Moo in Canberra and a similar trial will be run again in 2019.