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Daniel Spargo-Mabbs' parents hope dealer responsible for his death will help spread their anti-drug message

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THE parents of 16-year-old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, who died after taking ecstasy at an illegal rave in January, have said they would like to meet and work with the dealer who sold the drugs. Nicqueel Pitrora, 18, of London Road, was jailed for five years on Friday, August 1, for supplying Daniel and four friends with 2.5g of ecstasy on January 17. Daniel, of Rymer Road, Addiscombe, collapsed after taking half a gramme of the drug at a West London rave later that night. He died three days later, suffering multiple organ failure when his body temperature rocketed to 42 degrees in an adverse reaction to the drug. His parents, Tim and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs, later found out Pitrora and Daniel had been pupils at Ashburton Junior and Infant School at the same time. Educate The couple, along with Daniel's older brother Jacob, have since set up the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation to help educate youngsters away from drugs. Fiona, 47, said: "They went to school together. The thought that they were all playing together in the playground. We are kind of connected to him. "Daniel can't live out his potential but my hope is that we can help for [Pitrora] to live out his. "It all started with a choice by Dan, it's all about choices, and Nicqueel now has choices for his life. "He didn't set out to hurt people so we can't hold him solely responsible but nevertheless, if you deal drugs to schoolchildren things are going to go wrong." Tim, 51, added: "All of us have made duff choices in life. We can look back and say we are not going to do that any more. Dan doesn't get that chance, but Nicqueel does." Pitrora's counsel Stephen Bailey read a letter to the court from the dealer, in which he pledged to stay away from drugs, and hoped to help youngsters in the future. Tim, 51, said it would be "great to see that happen". "They come out of prison with a criminal record and it's hard to get a job," he said. "When he said in his letter that he wanted to work with young people against drugs I almost leapt out of my chair. What an advocate he would be for us." Judge Martin Edmunds said Pitrora had "targeted schoolboys", selling them cannabis, and was the "key player" in the Ecstasy deal which led to Daniel's death, though he did not deliver the drugs himself. He added he was "without doubt" satisfied the drugs sold by Pitrora were those that led to Daniel's death. Pitrora had pleaded guilty to supplying Class A and Class B drugs at an earlier hearing.

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs' parents hope dealer responsible for his death will help spread their anti-drug message


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