15 Oct 2010

Name suppression ends for supplier of alcohol to teen who died

3:12 pm on 15 October 2010

A teenager who supplied alcohol to a college student who died after binge drinking can now be named.

Name suppression lapsed on Thursday for James Barwell-Smith, 18, who gave evidence at an inquest into the death of James Webster, 16, in Auckland.

Mr Barwell-Smith's family had been considering a review of the coroner's decision to decline name suppression.

He told the inquest there was an intention for money to change hands when he obtained the vodka and Jagermeister for fellow King's College student, but that never happened.

He declined to say how he got the alcohol when he himself was only 17.

Police say Mr Webster died of acute alcohol poisoning after a private birthday party in May.