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Father is jailed over his girl's overdose death

By Ruth Lumley

A father who took ecstasy with his 17-year-old daughter and failed to get her medical help for more than an hour after supplying her with the class A drug has been jailed for five years and four months.

Jason Wilkes was told that although there was no suggestion that it was ever his intention to set about a course of conduct that would lead to Chloe Wilkes' death there were features of gross negligence, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

Sentencing Wilkes (45), Judge Philip Statman said: "You will lead the rest of your life knowing your conduct led to the death of your daughter, who in my judgment you loved."

Wilkes drove Chloe from home in Ashford, Kent, to a woods on the edge of town, then to an industrial estate where he worked, in an attempt to cool her down rather than taking her to the nearest hospital less than three miles away after she complained of feeling unwell, the court was told.

If he had sought medical help for her as soon as he realised she was unwell, hospital staff might have been able to stop her overheating, which caused her heart to stop, the court heard.

Wilkes pleaded guilty yesterday to Chloe's manslaughter by causing her to take a noxious substance.

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