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Monday, 14 February, 2000, 16:19 GMT
Ecstasy victim's friend fined

Ecstasy The sheriff told Byiers that ecstasy can kill


A friend of Scots ecstasy victim Julia Dawes has been convicted of supplying the drug in a Perthshire nightclub.

Scott Byiers, 24, admitted giving the drug to a girl on the night the 18-year-old fitness instructor took ecstasy, collapsed and later died.

Miss Dawes, from Redgorton, Perthshire, died in hospital after taking just one of the tablets at Perth's Ice Factory nightclub in August 1998.


If the person to whom you had supplied this drug had died, you would have been in a very different situation
Sheriff John McInness
She was attending the birthday party of friend Susan McArthur.

Byiers, from Scone, admitted supplying ecstasy to Miss McArthur and was fined 300.

His lawyer said he made no financial gain and had no previous convictions.

'You are not a drugs dealer'

Sheriff John McInness accepted that Byiers had been responding to a friend's request and was not a drug dealer.

But he added: "Whatever people may think, there are good reasons why this drug is a Class A drug.

Julia Dawes Julia Dawes: Collapsed and died
"I am sure you will be aware that some people who have taken tablets of ecstasy have died.

"If the person to whom you had supplied this drug had died, you would have been in a very different situation."

"You are not a drugs dealer. You passed it on at the request of someone else. That makes this a much less serious charge.

Original charges

"Had you been a dealer I would have been thinking in terms of imprisonment, but you are not."

Byiers and three others, including Miss McArthur, were originally charged with supplying drugs on the night Julia died.

After studying the case for almost a year, the Crown decided not to prosecute anyone in connection with Miss Dawes death.

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