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Nicqueel Pitrora jailed for five years for part in drug deal that led to death of Croydon rave teen

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THE teenager who supplied the drugs that killed 16-year-old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs has been jailed for five years. Nicqueel Pitrora was handed the sentence at Isleworth Crown Court this morning. He had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of supplying MDMA, one count of supplying cannabis and possession of cannabis. The court heard how Daniel died three days after taking MDMA supplied by Pitrora at an illegal rave at a factory in Hayes, West London on January 17 this year. Daniel and a group of friends bought the drugs from another man, but Pitrora, known as 'Shampz' had set up the deal. Daniel's mother Fiona fought back tears as she read an emotional statement to the court detailing how her son's death left a hole "worse than a gaping wound". In mitigation for Pitrora, Steven Bailey said it was impossible to be sure Daniel had not taken more ecstasy at the rave and they may have caused his death. But judge Martin Edmunds was satisfied the drugs Daniel and his friends had been given were "without doubt the cause of his death". Superintendent Des Rock said: "I'm pleased with the sentence that has been handed down today. Pitrora has only shown remorse at the last moment for his actions. He will now spend time in prison where I hope that he will reflect on the devastation that he has caused. "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 sentence 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."

Nicqueel Pitrora jailed for five years for part in drug deal that led to death of Croydon rave teen


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