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Man accused of selling ecstasy to schoolboy Daniel Spargo-Mabbs claims he was 'playing X-Box' at the time

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A MAN accused of selling ecstasy to a schoolboy who later collapsed and died denied the offence and said he was at home playing X-Box at the time. Ryan Kirk, 21, is accused of selling 2.5 grammes of the party-drug on a red mountain bike to five schoolboys aged between 15 and 17. Daniel Spargo-Mabbs collapsed after taking the party drug at an illegal rave in a factory in Hayes on January 18, Isleworth Crown Court heard. The teenager, a pupil at Archbishop Tenison's School, died at King's College Hospital two days later. Daniel and some friends had pooled their cash to buy the MDMA before attending the rave. The boys had walked around 10 minutes from Arena tram stop in Woodside and waited outside some warehouses in the area. After collecting the illegal powder from a "scruffy" man on a bike, the boys headed to the rave on January 17. Kirk told the court he had stayed at home playing X-Box on the night Daniel was sold the killer drug. He claimed he had not ridden a bike since he was "16 or 17". "I think I look stupid on a bike, I'm pretty lanky," he told jurors. The mountain bike belonged to his best friend but was usually unchained outside Kirk's house and could be used by anyone, jurors heard. He said he had a 'big argument' with his sister after arriving home at around 4am on January 17. "When I got home I had an argument with my sister and I was pretty annoyed. "It was actually over something stupid - over socks or something stupid like that," he said. Kirk claimed he shut himself in his room and played the games Fifa and Call of Duty until the early hours of the morning. Four days later he was arrested at a party in his neighbour's home. Police had raided the bedroom he shared with 18-year-old brother Lou Kirk and found £850 worth of cannabis, electronic scales and plastic snap bags. The skunk weed was found in Lou's chest of drawers - Kirk said he knew nothing about the drugs. "I genuinely thought I had nothing to worry about, I thought I would be interviewed and then go home," he said. "I never dealt any drugs to anybody. "Around 10 hours later they pulled me out of the cell and I went to the front desk, they said I was being bailed for the cannabis in the room and they said I was being charged with Class A drugs - that is when they first told me that someone had died." In police interview, Kirk had claimed he was buying dog food and cigarettes for his mum from Tescos in Elmers End around the time the fatal deal was struck. He told the court he had his "days mixed up and insisted "I've never given anyone drugs". The prosecution claim the dealer was Ryan Kirk after a 16-year-old boy who arranged the for the drugs picked him out of an identity parade. But the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he was only 80 per cent sure Kirk was the man he met that evening after making an arrangement with a dealer named "Shampz". Jurors heard heard "Shampz", real name Nicqueel Pitrora, 18, of London Road, Croydon, has pleaded guilty to supplying Class A drugs. Pitrora is said to be good friends with Kirk's brother, but he was not picked out during the identity procedure. Kirk, of Puffin Close, Beckenham, Kent, denies supplying Class A drugs on January 17. He also denies being supplying Class A drugs between 1 January 2013 and 16 January 1 2014 and supplying Class B drugs over the same period. The trial continues.

Man accused of selling ecstasy to schoolboy Daniel Spargo-Mabbs claims he was 'playing X-Box' at the time


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