Former University of Hull law student Nicola Little has been described as ‘smart and loving’, pretty, bright and a devoted mother – but her drug addiction proved too much to overcome
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A mother-of-six from Hull who was training to become a lawyer has tragically died after falling into drug use, including the toxic chemical spice.
Former University of Hull law student Nicola Little was described as ‘smart and loving’, pretty, bright and a devoted mother – but her drug addiction proved too much to overcome.
An inquest in Hull heard that Nicola, 46, had worked for Hull City Council as a housing officer and business support officer, when she died at Crossings Homeless Hostel, after having taken a cocktail of deadly spice drugs and high levels of methadone.
In a moving tribute to her daughter, Nicola’s mother opened up about how much she had to live for.
Her mum told Hull Live: “Nicola has a brother who she has remained very close to.
“She was always athletic when she was younger and loved football, going to matches with her father and brother.
“Our relationship was strong but it could be difficult as she struggled with drugs.”
Nicola was diagnosed with a rare blood condition and tried to balance her working life with six children – but having such a large family involved sacrifices.
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Her mother said: “Nicola raised her children very well. She had an interest in law and worked as a paralegal for five or six years before the firm closed.
“She then studied law at the University of Hull, but she was also working and raising three children at the time, so she was unable to complete her course.
“She worked in the legal department of Hull City Council for about 12 years.
“But she was sick a lot, then she started taking more medication and eventually she had to stop.
“I gave him money but when I realized it was drugs and not the main thing, I quit.
“It’s only been for the past four years or so that she’s had a big problem with drugs that she just couldn’t get rid of.”
Nicola’s mum has revealed how her daughter was attacked two years prior after going on a date, which badly affected her.
She remembers seeing Nicola the day before she died.
Her mum said: “She looked really, really good, the best I’ve seen her in a while. She seemed to be really trying to get back on track and was really happy.
“Nicola was overconfident but she loved her children and they loved her. She would do anything for anyone.
“She was smart, hardworking and very pretty. Nicola was such a loving person.”
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Nicola had consumed a significant amount of spices and methadone, toxicology results revealed, as well as smaller amounts of cocaine and banned painkillers.
The autopsy concluded that his death was due to drug intoxication.
A support worker at The Crossings homeless hostel on Great Union Street in Hull said on April 2 last year she knocked on Nicola’s bedroom door to check she was ok .
When there was no response, she entered and found Nicola lying between the bed and the dresser.
She was unresponsive, so the support worker called an ambulance, but the inquest heard there was nothing they could do.
The toxicology report flagged concerns over the use of the highly toxic chemical drug Spice, warning that its effects were “unpredictable” due to the variety of chemicals found which are not subject to any regulations.
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Area coroner Lorraine Harris concluded Nicola’s death was “drug-related” and issued a warning about the dangers of Spice.
She said: “I find Nicola to be an intelligent woman who worked hard to support her family. But she had a history of drug addiction.
“I see no evidence of suicide intent, but those who try to clean themselves up may find that the medications they take become more toxic.
“I also take into account the issues with Spice which is a synthetic cannabinoid which can be very dangerous.
“I offer my very sincere condolences to Nicola’s family. It’s obvious to me how much she was loved surrounded by a large family with whom she had a good relationship.
“She not only loved her only children, but also her nephews and nieces.
“It is a tragic end to the young life of a warm, intelligent and hardworking woman who struggled with drug addiction.”