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’

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