Magistrate: man died at Falls Fest from "popping one tablet"

PARTY TIME: A Brisbane magistrate has made comments in court about the death of a young man at the Falls Festival in Byron Bay.
PARTY TIME: A Brisbane magistrate has made comments in court about the death of a young man at the Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Marc Stapelberg

A BRISBANE Magistrate has told a courtroom that Nathanial Guymer, the 26-year-old man who was found dead at Falls Festival in Byron Bay on New Years Eve, died from "popping one tablet".

Since the death, neither NSW police nor the NSW Department of Justice have been able to comment on the cause of death, because the matter was currently before the coroner.

The comments, made by Brisbane Magistrate Michael Quinn during the sentencing of 24-year-old student Dashrath Thapa for smuggling ecstasy pills into the Stereosonic music festival in December, were printed by News Limited on Thursday.

"There was another (festival) in Byron Bay in early January," Magistrate Quinn reportedly said. "On the first day a young fellow died from popping one tablet. Dead."

NSW police said they were unable to comment on the possible cause of death because the matter was still before the coroner.

A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Justice confirmed there would be a coronial inquest into Mr Guymer's death, however no date or location has been set.

The spokesperson said the department was unable to comment on what was said by the Queensland Magistrate, or on the cause of death, as investigations were "still in the very early stage".

A spokesperson for the Queensland Department of Justice said the Chief Magistrate spoke to Magistrate Quinn and the response was that neither the court nor Mr Quinn had any comment.

Mr Guymer was found deceased by friends at a Falls Festival campsite at about 7.30am on Wednesday,December 31.

Following the death, Tweed Byron Police Inspector Darren Steel said he was unable to comment on the possible cause of death as a post mortem would need to be conducted and the toxicology results would take up to two months.

"We'll have to wait for the post-mortem examination," he said.

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