Diet cap­sules dealer jailed over death

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AN ON­LINE steroid dealer who sold toxic slim­ming pills which killed a bu­limic stu­dent has been jailed for seven years.

Eloise Parry, 21, who was a stu­dent at Glyn­dwr Univer­sity in Wrex­ham, died in hos­pi­tal on April 12, 2015, af­ter tak­ing eight tablets con­tain­ing the poi­sonous Dini­tro­phe­nol (DNP).

Bernard Re­belo was sen­tenced to a to­tal of seven years’ im­pris­on­ment at In­ner Lon­don Crown Court yes­ter­day.

The 31-year-old, from Gosport in Hamp­shire, was pre­vi­ously con­victed of two counts of man­slaugh­ter and one of plac­ing un­safe food on the mar­ket.

Judge Jeremy Donne de­scribed Miss Parry, from Shrews­bury, as an “in­tel­li­gent, ar­tic­u­late young woman who strug­gled with her men­tal health”.

“She thought she had found in your so-called fat-burn­ing cap­sules a magic so­lu­tion for her dis­torted body im­age and dif­fi­cul­ties with bu­limia ner­vosa. “She was of course quite wrong.” He said Re­belo had shown “no re­morse at all” for caus­ing her death.

“You are said to be a lov­ing fam­ily man, de­voted to your daugh­ter – I hope you can re­flect on what the death of Eloise has meant to her mother, sis­ter and ex­tended fam­ily,” he added.

He said: “Whilst there was only one death at­trib­ut­able to your con­duct, very many peo­ple were at risk.

“You in­dis­crim­i­nately sup­plied DNP, a highly toxic in­dus­trial chem­i­cal, via the in­ter­net.

“You had no way of con­trol­ling who would pur­chase it, and it was highly likely that those with eat­ing dis­or­ders – pos­si­bly even the very young and im­pres­sion­able – would buy it.”

Miss Parry’s fam­ily sat to­gether in court for the sen­tence.

Her mother, Fiona Parry, said her daugh­ter had “many prob­lems in life” but that there had been “pos­i­tive signs things were chang­ing for the bet­ter”.

“I had hoped that some­how they would be sorted,” she said in a state­ment read to the court.

She said her daugh­ter had a num­ber of plans for her fu­ture, in­clud­ing her de­gree, ca­reer and to travel the world.

“When Eloise died her life was un­done and her pos­si­ble fu­ture un­rav­elled, and in that mo­ment the hope I had for her was also de­stroyed,” she added.

Ms Parry said the com­pany that al­lowed Re­belo’s site to op­er­ate “was also re­spon­si­ble”.

“Eloise was not the first per­son to die as a re­sult of tak­ing DNP and sadly she was not the last.

“Regis­trars are large, global cor­po­ra­tions and as such have a duty to be­have re­spon­si­bly. What they do and what they al­low oth­ers to do has con­se­quences, in this case the death of my daugh­ter.”

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> Eloise Parry died af­ter tak­ing eight toxic diet pills

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