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Ecstasy Killer Gets 14 Months

Posted by Childress on July 30, 2006

The London Mirror reports:

A man who supplied a teenager with the ecstasy that killed him was yesterday jailed for 14 months.

Daniel Lee, 19, had a fit in front of his parents and later died in hospital after a common reaction to the drug.

He had been given the tablet by Michael Hughes, Swansea crown court heard.

Hughes, 24, from Swansea, already had a conviction for possessing cocaine.

After the hearing, Daniel’s dad Hywel said: “Anyone experimenting with ecstasy or thinking about it should think again – the risks are too high. Daniel made a mistake and paid the price.”

Kill with a gun and face serious time; kill with ecstasy and get 14 months.  It hardly seems fair.


8 Responses to “Ecstasy Killer Gets 14 Months”

  1. Dodgy said

    He’s not any more of a killer, that the bar man who sells drink to somebody who dies of alcohol poisoning.

    And to die from ecstasy is not a ‘common reaction to the drug’.

    That’s misleading.

  2. Childress said

    No, he’s more of a killer. The bar man has a legal job; the ecstasy dealer has an illegal job. That makes a difference, but I’ll agree that barkeepers have a responsibility to protect their customers.

    To die from organs shutting down IS a common form of death from taking ecstasy. You’re mincing words.

  3. Dodgy said

    Ok the man willingly sold illegal drugs but that is the only difference in the bar man analogy, and therfore that’s all he should be punished for. It’s certainly a better comparrison than the gun one that you put forward. He’s not a kiler.

    You have a little bit to learn if you think most drugs are ‘pushed’ on to others. As with any market it’s about suply and demand.

    >To die from organs shutting down IS a common form of death from taking ecstasy. You’re mincing words.

    That is not that same as saying dying is a common reaction to the drug. The wording that quote is misleading is it not? But I suppose it fits your agenda.

  4. Childress said

    My exact words, from the post “Ecstasy Kills Canadian Teen” were, “Multiple organ failure — the same painful death that killed Sara and Steven, whose deaths are profiled in the Voice of the Victims films — is the cause of death for a Toronto teen who took Ecstasy.”

    Where do you find me saying it’s common? Are you too high to read what I write? Please limit your comments to something that’s actually real.

  5. Dodgy said

    >Are you too high to read what I write?

    Typical cheap shot.

    >later died in hospital after a common reaction to the drug.

    Is misleading, there’ no two ways about it.
    I know that you didn’t write that originally but having quoted it I have to assume you believe it. But then if your getting your information from tabloid sources such as the Mirror I’d expect little else.

  6. Childress said

    I thought you were commenting about what I wrote, but I see you’re commenting on the newspaper content. You are right; it is not a common reaction to the drug. It is, however, a common symptom of a bad reaction to the drug. Some will consider the risk of having your organs melt and decide to take the drug; others will decide not to take the drug. All should have the information. And parents and siblings and loved ones left behind should never have to live through the painful death of someone who gets this reaction to ecstasy.

  7. twas said

    I believe he got what he deserved. Yes it should be longer but a spell in jail to be enough to ruin him. He’s ruined a family, young children’s life without they’re brother. I’ve read into this and he’s from a rich family. What more does any young man need. He had everything, and now he has nothing. But unfortunatly, the family of the deceased has the same and more. The thoughts, guilt, memories, anger and an empty space which can not be filled. I do feel for the family and every family who has to go through this, but at the end of the day, NO tolerance can be given.

  8. James said

    I don’t think the sentence was unfair. Daniel chose to take the drugs himself, so only Daniel can take responsibility for his actions. 14 months is about right in my opinion.

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