Fa­ther faces charge of man­slaugh­ter

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A fa­ther has ap­peared in court ac­cused of killing his 17-year-old daugh­ter who died af­ter tak­ing drugs.

Ja­son Wilkes, 44, is charged with the man­slaugh­ter of Chloe Wilkes and sup­ply­ing class A drugs.

He ap­peared at Can­ter­bury Crown Court on Mon­day and was re­manded in cus­tody un­til Novem­ber 3, when he is ex­pected to en­ter pleas.

Wear­ing an open-necked blue shirt and dark trousers, Wilkes was ex­pres­sion­less in the dock as he spoke only to con­firm his name.

Wilkes was ar­rested af­ter Chloe’s death on July 27 at their home in Tun­bridge Way, Sin­gle­ton, Ash­ford.

The pop­u­lar teenager had taken the ec­stasy-style MDMA drug.

An in­quest into her death heard she felt un­well and col­lapsed. Chloe was rushed to the Wil­liam Harvey Hos­pi­tal, in Ash­ford, where she died later that day.

Friends of the for­mer North School pupil took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their shock and heartache. Chloe left The North School last year.

Ex­ec­u­tive head teacher Jon Whit­combe said: “Th­ese are a des­per­ately sad set of cir­cum­stances and our thoughts are with fam­ily and friends at this most dif­fi­cult of times.”

The in­quest will be re­sumed at a later date, when more ev­i­dence will be heard and a con­clu­sion reached as to the cause of death.

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