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Drug dealers who hosted party where boy, 14, died after taking ecstasy jailed

Two men have been jailed after hosting a party where a 14-year-old boy died after taking ecstasy.

"Perfect son" Alex Buchan died after ingesting fatal levels of MDMA into this bloodstream. A tablet dubbed 'The Punisher' was found next to him.

Alastair Turner, 20, who sold drugs at the party, and the event's host Sam King, 21, were told by a judge that although there was not evidence to bring criminal charges against them for Alex's death, they were both "morally responsible" for the tragic outcome.

Turner was caged for 45 months and King for three years after both admitted the charges against them.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the pair held regular drugs parties at King's home in the town of Holbeach, Lincs, targeting the invitations at school age children.

Judge John Pini QC said: "This is an utterly tragic case. It involves the loss of a very young and much loved life.

"Neither defendant has been charged in relation to Alex's death and the sentence the court imposes cannot reflect the death.

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"However you will have the moral responsibility for Alex Buchan's death on your conscience for the rest of your lives.

Andrew Peet, prosecuting, said: "Turner was a well-known and busy dealer of ecstasy. King very much acted in combination with Turner to ensure that weekly parties were held.

"King organised these to take place at his own home and they would be attended by school age customers. King was a willing and active participant in Turner's drug dealing that took place at King's house."

School pupil Alex attended one of the parties held at King's house on April 5, 2019.

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Mr Peet added: "He obtained an amount of ecstasy that night via Turner. Although Alex ingested some or all of the ecstasy it is not the Crown's case that it was the supply by Turner that led to Alex's death."

An ecstasy tablet with the motif "The Punisher" was found next to him.

The prosecutor said that it appeared that the pill had been supplied to Alex by someone who had bought it from Turner.

Mr Peet continued: "Alex had consumed far too much ecstasy far too quickly. He had consumed ecstasy before he arrived at the party.

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"The investigation revealed that the party was not an isolated event but these had been occurring over many weeks."

Evidence found on Turner's mobile phone indicated he had been supplying drugs for the previous five months and had a list of regular customers.

"He told his customers he was able to deliver. Sometimes it was free but sometimes he would deliver with a £5 charge."

Turner, 20, of Fleet, Lincs, admitted possession of ecstasy with intent to supply on April 5, 2019 and a further charge of supplying ecstasy between November 1, 2018 and April, 7, 2019.

King, 21, of Holbeach, admitted being concerned in the supply of ecstasy and two charges of permitting premises to be used for the supply of drugs.

After Alex's death, his father, also called Alexander, issued a statement on behalf of the family.

He said: "Alexander was a beautiful, kind and loving lad. He saw the good in everything and everyone – he never had a bad word to say about anyone.

"Through all his family and friends, everybody loved him. He had a great future ahead of him. Sadly he has been taken too soon."

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