Teenager sup­plied MDMA at wild party

Man’s heart stopped beat­ing

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID WALKER

A teenager who took MDMA to a house party has ad­mit­ted giv­ing the drug to oth­ers, which caused one man’s heart to stop beat­ing.

Reece Black had pur­chased £120 worth of the Class A sub­stance for him­self, but ended up shar­ing it with some of the guests at the For­res gath­er­ing.

El­gin Sher­iff Court heard that one of the par­ty­go­ers – a 50-year-old man – had asked for some of the MDMA in ex­change for an acid tab.

Black, 18, re­fused but gave the man some MDMA any­way, which he swal­lowed with some al­co­hol.

The man, who had al­ready taken five acid tabs that night quickly took ill, and lost con­scious­ness.

Fis­cal Alex Swain told the court: “While the party con­tin­ued af­ter the man con­sumed the MDMA, at some point he was sleep­ing and a wit­ness called an am­bu­lance af­ter he lost con­scious­ness.

“At 1.20am, po­lice at­tended the prop­erty af­ter re­ceiv­ing noisy mu­sic com­plaints.

“They found the man un­con­scious in an arm­chair and put him in a re­cov­ery po­si­tion be­fore dis­cov­er­ing he was no longer breath­ing.

“The po­lice of­fi­cers gave him CPR be­fore he was taken to Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary.”

Of­fi­cers searched ev­ery­one at the party and Black put the last of his MDMA in a cig­a­rette pa­per and handed it over.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Jan­uary 5, when Black was still 17.

De­fence solic­i­tor Matthew O’Neill said his client re­alised the se­ri­ous­ness of the mat­ter, but in­sisted he had bought the drug for his own use.

He said: “He was in pos­ses­sion of the drug to take it to self-med­i­cate and that is alarm­ing to see him take sub­stances like that at the age of 17.

“He re­ceived no com­mer­cial gain from the MDMA and be­cause the guests at the party were not too fa­mil­iar with him he al­lowed them to take it.

“There were gen­er­ally just chil­dren, all teenagers, at the party ex­cept the man who was aged 50 and I have no idea why he was there.”

Black, of Mount Dora Drive, For­res, pleaded guilty to sup­ply­ing a con­trolled drug.

Sher­iff Olga Pas­port nikov sen­tenced him to 180 hours of un­paid work and placed him on a 12-month su­per­vi­sion or­der.

“They were just chil­dren, all teenagers, at the party”

GUILTY PLEA: Reece Black was sen­tenced to 180 hours of un­paid work and a 12-month su­per­vi­sion or­der

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