Drink spike claim: Police under fire

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Amy Pallet (21) had to be carried home from Liquid nightclub on Friday 26 August after a normal weekend night out turned into one of her worst nightmares.

While enjoying a dance in the waterfront nightclub, Miss Pallet suddenly collapsed and became incoherent in an incident which she and her friends have described as totally out of character.

She had to be carried into a taxi, but only after her friend, Vanessa Blanchet, managed to convince other people to help.

Once she was home, the police were called, and she was taken to the police station, where she was seen by a doctor.

However, she has since learnt that, although her sample was taken on the Saturday, it was not sent to be tested until the following Tuesday because of the bank holiday.

Two weeks on, she is still waiting for her results.

‘I don’t seem to be able to get much out of the police.

This is worrying for me, and potentially other girls in the Island too, if there are people out there who are spiking drinks.

‘The police, on arrival, began to insinuate that my state was more likely to be linked to excessive consumption of alcohol or the possibility that I had consentingly taken illicit drugs myself.

These suggestions were not true.

‘One of the more disturbing things to arise from this affair is the apathetic attitude of the police.

I am still waiting to hear the outcome.’ Although the police would not comment on an individual case, Chief insp André Bonjour said: ‘Our experience of drink-spiking incidents suggests, as does research carried out in the UK, that a high level of alcohol brings about symptoms that are the same as someone having a drink spiked.

The huge majority of drink-spiking incidents appear to be alcohol-related.

‘We still investigate complaints of this nature wherever we can, but it is important that people who believe that this may have happened to them, or think it has happened to someone they are with, report the matter at the time or as soon as possible afterwards.’

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