Ecstasy pair jailed after death of student celebrating degree
A STUDENT who fatally gave powdered ecstasy to her friend as they celebrated their university degrees was jailed for six months yesterday.
Katherine Lavin supplied the drug to her housemate Joana Burns, who died after taking two “bombs” at Sheffield’s Hallam University.
Miss Burns’s mother Mosca wept as sentence was announced at Sheffield Crown Court.
Lavin, 22, bought the ecstasy from Ben Williams, a computer science drop-out, smuggling it into the university in her underwear, the court heard.
Miss Burns, 22, who wanted to be a maths teacher, suffered fits and later died. Tragically her griefstricken sister Marcia, 17, took her own life less than three months later. Lavin, of Stockport, pleaded guilty last month to supplying a class A drug on June 6 last year and possessing cannabis.
Williams, 26, of Sheffield, who admitted supplying a class A drug, was jailed for two-and-ahalf years.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said: “This case is a tragedy in every dimension.”
He told Lavin and Williams: “You, in differing ways, have each played a role in the death of a young woman.
“You each will have to deal with that for the rest of your lives – you are the architects of this catastrophe that you visited upon yourselves.”
Lavin sobbed as she was led from the dock while Williams fought back tears.
Joana Burns took drug ‘bombs’