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Transmission Festival: CBA worker dies after suspected overdose

ByGurinderbir Singh

Feb 13, 2023

A young bank worker has died after a suspected overdose at a Sydney music festival over the weekend, which saw at least a dozen others hospitalised and six people charged with drug supply offences.

The 26-year-old died at Bankstown Hospital in the early hours of Sunday after presenting at the hospital just before 1.30am for a suspected drug overdose, according to police.

The Daily Telegraph has identified the man as Kieran Ngo, a University of Technology Sydney business graduate who worked as a senior lending associate at Commonwealth Bank.

“About 3am on Sunday, officers from Bankstown Police Area Command were called to Bankstown Hospital to investigate the circumstances of the death of a 26-year-old man,” NSW Police said in a statement on Monday.

“Investigations are underway and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.”

Police said more than 130 people were treated by medical professionals at the Transmission Festival in southwest Sydney on Saturday, with numerous complaints suspected to relate to drug use and heat exhaustion.

“At least 12 people were transported by NSW Ambulance paramedics to hospitals for further treatment relating to drug use, with seven of those patients requiring intubation,” police said.

Six men were charged with drug supply offences at the event, which was headlined by Dutch trance megastar Armin van Buuren.

“The event was determined a high-risk event under the Music Festivals Act 2019, and as such, police were assisted by security officers, NSW Ambulance paramedics and medical professionals to provide a safe and secure environment for more than 18,000 attendees,” police said.

“During the operation, police arrested six men — aged between 19 and 33 — who were detected in possession of MDMA.”

A 23-year-old Oran Park man was charged with supplying a prohibited drug after he was allegedly found in possession of 253 MDMA tablets.

He was refused bail at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.

A 21-year-old Fairfield West man was charged with supplying prohibited drug and possessing prohibited drug after he was allegedly found in possession of 149 MDMA tablets.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday.

The other four men were issued Court Attendance Notices for supply prohibited drug and are due to appear at court at a later date.

Transmission Festival has been contacted for comment.

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