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Man accused of selling ecstasy to tragic schoolboy Daniel Spargo-Mabbs cleared of all charges

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A MAN accused of selling Daniel Spargo-Mabbs ecstasy before he collapsed and died at a rave has been acquitted while another has pleaded guilty. Ryan Kirk, 21, of Puffin Close, Beckenham, was accused of delivering 2.5 grammes of party drug MDMA to a group of five schoolboys aged between 15 and 17. He was found not guilty on three counts of the supply of class A and B drugs today at Isleworth Crown Court. Nicqueel Pitrora, 18, of London Road, Croydon, pleaded guilty to three counts of the supply and possession of class A and B drugs and will be sentenced on Friday, August 1. Daniel collapsed after taking MDMA at a rave in a factory in Hayes on January 18. The Archbishop Tenison's School pupil died in King's College Hospital two days later. Mr Kirk had told the court he could not have been the dealer because he looked "stupid" on a bike. He had also said he was at home playing X-Box at the time. The court heard how Daniel and four friends had pooled the £80 cost to buy the ecstasy and three of the boys had met someone at an estate near Elmers End tram stop on January 17. Superintendent Des Rock said: "This is an extremely sad and tragic case which has had a profound effect on Daniel's parents, brother and wider family. They have attended court and have had to sit and hear the details that led to Daniel's death. Throughout this process they have continued to conduct themselves with the upmost dignity. "Pitrora was very much responsible for coordinating the drugs deal and with such overwhelming evidence against him he had no choice but to plead guilty. This is of some comfort to Daniel's family but they are still grieving his untimely death. "Daniel had his whole life ahead of him and when he set out that evening his family would have no idea of the tragedy that was about to happen. Daniel's death should serve as a warning to other young people, there can be very serious consequences if you do decide to take drugs. A good night out is not worth someone's life. "Raves can be dangerous places. These events have no security staff, no medics; they have little concern for the number of people present and are usually held in unsafe properties. Don't put yourself and your friends at risk. "I hope that this conviction will serve as a deterrent to those who insist on pushing harmful drugs on our streets. We will relentlessly pursue you and put you before the courts. "Pitrora has shown little remorse and has failed to understand the consequences of his actions and what part this played in Daniel's death. I hope that he will now have time to reflect on this in jail." Mr Kirk was cleared of one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs on January 17, one of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs between January 1 and January 16, 2014 and another of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs between January 1 and January 16, 2014. Pitrora will be sentenced for one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs on January 17, 2014, one count of being concerned in the supply of class B drugs between January 1, 2013 and January 16, 2014 and another of possession of cannabis on January 21, 2014.

Man accused of selling ecstasy to tragic schoolboy Daniel Spargo-Mabbs cleared of all charges


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