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Drug Dealer Jailed After Schoolboy's Death
A dealer who targeted schoolboys has been jailed for five years for drug offences following the death of a youngster who took ecstasy.
Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, 16, of Croydon, died from multiple organ failure three days after taking the drug at a rave in Hayes, west London, in January.
Nicqueel Pitrora, of Croydon, admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs on January 17.
He also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs between January 1, 2013, and January 16, 2014, and possession of Class B drugs on January 21.
Judge Martin Edmunds QC told Pitrora at Isleworth Crown Court: "I keep well in mind that you are being sentenced for being concerned in supply and not for manslaughter but there can be no question that you bear a heavy weight of responsibility for the death of Daniel."
The judge told the court that Daniel's friends would call Pitrora from school, before waiting on street corners in their school uniforms to pick up cannabis they had ordered.
He said: "I am satisfied that you targeted such young people, providing them with a ready source of drugs, fully aware of their age and whatever the purchasers themselves may have thought.
"You were only yourself a few years older, but that is a considerable gulf in age."
Pitrora, 18, was sentenced to five years for being concerned with the supply of ecstasy, as well as two years and four months to be served concurrently for the supply of cannabis.
Daniel and five friends clubbed together to pay £80 for the drugs. He put what is believed to be half a gram into 500ml of water - with one witness claiming he may have drunk it in one go.
Daniel's mother told the court her son's death had left their family in a devastating "haziness".
She said: "It is like having a limb ripped off without any anaesthetic. It is like having an enormous wound but it is much worse.
"How can someone who has been such a part of my life, his mother for 16 years, not be there when I am?"
Daniel's brother Jacob added: "I feel like I could have treasured him more if only I had known that we would not have had him for so long."
Superintendent Des Rock, speaking outside court, said: "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.
"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."