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I don't know who sold my friend Alice 'speckled cherry' death drugs: Police believe Chelsae knows death dealer who sold tabs

By Patricia Devlin

The is the young woman who police believe holds the key to jailing the dealer who supplied her best friend with the killer ‘speckled cherry’ drug.

Chelsae Kelly’s 18-year-old pal Alice Devlin died after taking one of the Ecstasy type tablets at a house party last year - the same type of pill has been linked to 19 other deaths around the province.

The catering student has been accused of failing to pass vital information to cops investigating Alice’s death despite pleas from the teen’s heartbroken Dungannon family.

But speaking to Sunday Life yesterday afternoon, Chelsae insisted she did not know who supplied

the ‘speckled cherry’ tabs on the tragic night her friend died.

At an inquest into Ms Devlin’s death last week, a police officer said she believed 19-year-old Chelsae Kelly knew the identity of the man who supplied the drugs that killed Alice.



Detective Constable Nicola Kerton also said Chelsae had removed a SIM card from her phone, later seized by police, which they believe identified the death dealer.

The dealer is said to be “linked” to a bigger chain of suppliers throughout Northern Ireland.

On Tuesday, DC Kerton called into question a statement made by Miss Kelly to the court, and said so far she had NOT co-operated with police.

“Police were given a lot of information and a lot of lies were told at the time.

“Chelsae's phone was seized but it had been broken and the SIM card was removed. Despite this we managed to obtain some information but it wasn’t enough.”

The detective constable said that forensic officers were still able to obtain some information from the mobile — including the identity of the suspected death dealer.

“Unfortunately when it comes to drugs, people will not speak up, even when someone has died,” she said.

Sunday Life can reveal that officers found a text sent by Miss Kelly to the suspected supplier on the night her pal died, inquiring about the cost of drugs.

A “conversation” on the mobile phone between her and another witness, also identified the drug dealer.

DC Kerton said that a file had been sent to the Public Prosecution

Service (PPS) to prosecute the alleged death dealer.

But a decision was taken not to proceed with the case because of insufficient evidence of a “direct link” to Alice’s death.

The officer told the inquest: “In my opinion Chelsae knows exactly who supplied the drug.”

Yesterday, Sunday Life called to Miss Kelly's home in the Tyrone village of Castlecaulfield.


She told our reporter that she doesn’t know who supplied the killer drug.

“No, I know who was meant to and that's who they are trying to blame, but that person actually wasn't there that night. They tried to take him to court for it, but I'm not going blame someone on something they didn't do,” said Chelsae.

“For everybody just to believe the rest of the people over me when they weren't even there that night, I was there in the last minutes of Alice's life, it's just very annoying.

“I just left (the inquest), I wanted nothing to do with it. I'm just sick of the whole thing.”

The student also claimed that the missing SIM card from her mobile phone “probably fell” between floorboards as Alice died.

 “Whenever she was dying, I had my phone in my hand and she was struggling, she was jumping about and my phone dropped on the floor and smashed into bits. Then the police landed and I said right f*** I better lift my phone. So I started lifting it and they turned round and said there was no SIM card. It probably fell between the floorboards, it was a wee micro sim, out of a new BlackBerry,” she said.

On Tuesday, Northern Ireland’s most senior coroner John Leckey, said those responsible for Alice’s tragic death should face charges of manslaughter, adding that anyone taking the deadly pills was playing Russian roulette with their life.

Alice was found unresponsive by paramedics in the early hours of August 10 last year.

She had been taking ecstasy and meth with pals at her home while her parents were away at their caravan in Newcastle.

It was heard how Chelsae Kelly and another pal, Jason Gallagher supplied the £50 used to buy 10 tablets and two grams of meth on the night Alice died.

Gallagher said he put forward £40 and Miss Kelly contributed £10. Someone arrived at the door which Alice answered, returning with the drugs.

Coroner John Leckey remarked: “It is terrible to think the money you and Chelsae paid led to Alice’s death. That’s something you’ll both have to live with.”


Another witness, Dean Montgomery, said he arrived at Alice’s house around midnight and noted “both girls were in bad shape”.

After a short time Alice complained of being too warm and went for a cold bath.

He observed “five or more pills” which he recognised as speckled cherries. Chelsae Kelly offered him some and he took two which had no effect and also “took a line of Meth.”

Niamh Agnew, who was with Alice as she slipped away, said she arrived at the house shortly after 4am and was met at the door by Miss Kelly.

On being told Alice was “very ill upstairs” Niamh immediately went to see and noted it was obvious something was terribly wrong. She said Chelsae Kelly was reluctant to ring for an ambulance claiming Alice would be alright, but eventually agreed.

Miss Agnew told the court: “I was sitting with Alice and her breathing changed. It became short. Then she turned grey.

“She seemed to take what I would describe as her last breath. Then the medics arrived.”

Giving her evidence in court, Chelsae Kelly said: “I saw Alice take a pill, but she may already have taken one. She became fidgety and agitated and went up to bed. She was standing up, lying down and flinging her arms around and retching.”

She continued: “Alice became very still. Her eyes were moving but nothing else. Then her eyes rolled up and she went very stiff.”

Concluding her evidence she said: “I haven’t taken drugs since.”

Ruling on death by drugs toxicity Mr Leckey said: “Anyone who has information to assist, surely this provides the opportunity and impetus to speak to the detective and tell what you know.”

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