Man dealt drug to friend who then died

Evening Times - - THE WORLD TODAY -

A MAN has been con­victed of deal­ing ec­stasy to a friend who died af­ter tak­ing the drug.

Re­gan Gem­mell, 20, gave Ricky Lind­say the pills at a flat in Glas­gow’s Mary­hill last Novem­ber.

The 18-year-old – who had been out ear­lier watch­ing a Rangers match on TV – later took ill.

Paramedics rushed to the flat, but Ricky never re­cov­ered.

Gem­mell de­nied deal­ing the tablets dur­ing a trial at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court. The se­cu­rity worker in­sisted Ricky and other friend had “stolen” the drugs from him.

But, Sher­iff Paul Brown found him guilty af­ter brand­ing his claims “fan­ci­ful”.

Gem­mell, also of Mary­hill, will be sen­tenced in the New Year.

It emerged Gem­mell had pre­vi­ously been ac­cused of cul­pa­ble homi­cide be­fore pros­e­cu­tors re­duced the case to sum­mary pro­ceed­ings.

Gem­mell told the court he had on him that night 10 ec­stasy tablets as well as a gram of pow­dered MDMA. But, he claimed they were just for “per­sonal use”.

Asked by Miss Howie if his friends had in­stead stolen the drugs from him, he replied: “Yes.”

Quizzed fur­ther about the pills, Gem­mell said he did not want to turn up at the flat “emp­ty­handed”.

The first of­fender was con­victed of sup­ply­ing ec­stasy to Ricky, Ross and Cameron Wi­ley.

Sher­iff Brown told him: “I did not be­lieve your ev­i­dence and it was fan­ci­ful.

“I am sat­is­fied be­yond rea­son­able doubt and I find you guilty of the charge.”

Gem­mell had his bail con­tin­ued as sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed for re­ports.

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