Teenager jailed for supplying drugs that killed two at city nightclub
A teenager has been jailed for supplying druwgs from the ‘dark web’ to two friends who later died after a night at a Plymouth club.
University student Charlie Gregory, aged 19, shared MDMA with four friends during the Basshunter gig at Pryzm, a court heard.
Aaron Reilly, from Newton Abbot, and Joshua Brock, from Okehampton, collapsed in the club after taking the drug – more commonly known as Ecstasy – in the form of bombs.
The two 19-year-olds were pronounced dead at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Judge Robert Linford told a public gallery packed with family and friends that he was sentencing Gregory for supplying the drugs and not for manslaughter.
Jailing him for 14 months, he added: “If people like you were not prepared to source and supply this lethal drug, then people like Mr Reilly and Mr Brock would not be dying in such circumstances.
“How many people have to die before people supplying and taking the drug understand its lethal qualities?”
Judge Linford said Gregory did not try and find out the purity of the drugs nor weigh them into doses – admitting they were “generous”.
Seven teenage friends had arranged to travel from their home area around Okehampton to Plymouth to attend the Basshunter DJ set at the Pryzm club, Barbican Leisure Park, on the evening of December 8 last year.
Prosecutor Llewellyn Sellick said Gregory told his friends he could get MDMA for them to take. He added the defendant bought the drugs from the dark web using the electronic currency Bitcoin, which cannot be traced.
Mr Sellick said Gregory made “Mandy bombs”, where the powder was put into a Rizla paper and twisted up into small packages.
The barrister said: “He did not have scales so there was no way of measuring out the drugs. He himself said he eyeballed the amounts”.
Mr Sellick said once inside Gregory handed out the bombs and four of the group ingested one each – Gregory himself, Aaron Reilly, Joshua Brock and another teenager.
Around an hour later, at about midnight, Gregory gave Mr Reilly and Mr Brock another “bomb” along with the fourth friend.
But Mr Sellick said the fourth youth “threw most of his bomb onto the floor”.
The court heard that at about 1.30am Gregory was seen by a door supervisor “sweating profusely and clearly under the influence of drugs”. He was taken to a security room and told he would be searched, whereupon he gave up the clear bag of powder and said it was MDMA. It was later found to be 1.6gms worth of the class A drug. He was ejected from the club.
Mr Sellick said half an hour later the door supervisor saw Mr Reilly and Mr Brock pass out. Both were taken to a medical room and attempts were made to resuscitate them. The club was closed and a warning put out to anyone who had taken the drug. The court heard both young men were pronounced dead shortly before 3am at Derriford Hospital.
Gregory, of Stannary Place, Chagford, pleaded guilty before magistrates to four counts of supplying a Class A drug and one of possession of the MDMA found at the club.
Mr Sellick revealed that a toxicology analysis found Joshua Brock had 7.6mg per litre of blood in his system while Aaron Reilly had 4.2mg per litre of blood. He added the figures were considered “very high” and were within the usual range for deaths.
Solicitor Stephen Nunn, for Gregory, said it was a “tragic case”. He added: “He has clear remorse. He blames himself bitterly for the death of two friends, who were entirely blameless.”
‘How many must die before people realise its lethal qualities?’
Judge Robert Linford
Charlie Gregory arriving at Plymouth Crown Court yesterdayPICTURE: PENNY CROSS