Drug dealer jailed for supplying ecstasy that killed teen on his 19th birthday
25 Apr 2018 17:00 PM[View Full Size]
A drug dealer has been jailed for supplying a teenager with MDMA just hours before he collapsed and died.
Liam Longstaff, 22, has been jailed for three years and two months after supplying Liam Oliver with an ecstasy pill on his 19th birthday in the summer of 2016.
A court heard how the pair had been at a party together on August 13 when Longstaff turned to his friend and said "here you go bro, for your birthday".
Liam had never taken drugs before but took the MDMA pill. A court heard Longstaff had brought the pills back to the UK from Amsterdam.
The next morning he was found unconscious in the street outside the house where the party had been held in the Sunniside area of Gateshead.
Paramedics attempted to give him CPR but Liam was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
A police investigation was launched to trace where the drugs came from. Mobile phone data was obtained which pinpointed Longstaff as a supplier.
He was arrested and later charged with one offence of possession of Class A drugs and three counts of supplying Class A drugs.
Longstaff admitted the offences and at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) he was jailed by a judge for three years and two months.
Speaking after the case, the officer who lead the investigation into Liam's death said the case was a "tragic reminder" of the consequences of supplying illegal drugs.
Acting Detective Sergeant Mick Rainbow, of Central CID, said: "This has been an incredibly difficult time for the Oliver family and hopefully today’s hearing gives them some sort of closure.
“No manner of sentence would bring Liam back to them but I am glad Liam Longstaff has been handed a custodial sentence.
“His actions have resulted in the death of a bright, talented youngster and he will have to live with that for the rest of his life.
“I hope that other people will look at this case and recognise the devastating impact that illegal drugs can have on our loved ones.”
Following the sentencing, Liam Oliver’s family also paid tribute to the teenager and thanked the police for their support during the case.
They said: “Liam was a much loved son, brother and grandson and is very much missed by everyone family and friends.
“Liam was always smiling and laughing and we miss him so much, knowing that I will never see my son again is heart-breaking.
“Today we got some justice for our son and we want to thank the police and everyone who has supported us over the last year and a half.”