Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Mother's anguish after boy's pill death

Nicqueel Pitrora, who supplied ecstasy to a group of teenagers which resulted in the death of 16-year-old boy Daniel Spargo-Mabbs.
Nicqueel Pitrora, who supplied ecstasy to a group of teenagers which resulted in the death of 16-year-old boy Daniel Spargo-Mabbs.

The heartbroken mother of a 16-year-old boy who died after taking ecstasy told the dealer who supplied the drugs of the devastation that her close-knit family and friends are trying to cope with.

Fiona Spargo-Mabbs was speaking as Nicqueel Pitrora (18), from Croydon, was jailed for five years after admitting being concerned in the supply of class A drugs on January 17 this year.

In a softly-spoken voice, Fiona Spargo-Mabbs struggled to read out her victim impact statement at Isleworth Crown Court about the death of her son Daniel.

The Croydon teenager died of multiple organ failure three days after taking MDMA, or ecstasy, when he went to a rave in Hayes, west London.

Mrs Spargo-Mabbs recalled watching her "incredible boy" die slowly. Pitrora, who went by the street name of Shampz, was sentenced to five years for being concerned with the supply of MDMA, plus two years and four months to be served concurrently for the supply of cannabis. No penalty was added for possession.

He said he wants to turn his life around.

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