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Ecstasy dealers jailed over death

Two men from Crawley have been jailed for supplying ecstasy at a party in West Sussex which killed a teenager.

Kieran Lindsey, 18, collapsed at the gathering in the Broadfield area of Crawley on 6 June 2008 and later died of ecstasy poisoning.

His friend Alec Gallagher, 18, was sentenced to two and a half years in a young offenders' institution following a retrial at Lewes Crown Court.

Christopher Pawley, 24, was jailed for five years for supplying Class A drugs.

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Pawley, of Furnace Green, received a longer sentence because of the more significant role he played in supplying the drugs.

The court heard that Mr Lindsey began foaming at the mouth during the party and collapsed.

Pawley, panicking that he would be implicated in supplying the drug, tried to delay other people from calling for an ambulance, and insisted that Mr Lindsey was removed from the party as it was at his sister's house.

During mitigation, the court was told Pawley had used cannabis for the first time aged just nine and was addicted to heroin by the age of 15.

He was sentenced separately due to his "angry state" and aggressive behaviour towards security guards when found guilty.

The judge referred to his "appalling record" of 14 previous convictions, which included offences of assault, theft and kidnap.

During Gallagher's mitigation, his lawyer George Hepburne-Scott described him as a "very close friend" of Mr Lindsey who was "vulnerable to older, more sophisticated offenders".

Judge Hayward said he believed Gallagher, of Sargent Close, had played a "subservient role" in the crime.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Lindsey's mother, Denise Power said she was "pleased" with the sentences.



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