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Gay Drug Party Ends in Death

Posted by Childress on September 4, 2006

The following article from the Glascow Evening Times blames David Steel’s death on Ecstasy, but it’s clear that there was much more at work within his body when he died.

A GLASGOW addiction psychiatrist has been accused of hosting a drug and drink fuelled gay party during which a man died.

Dr Clint Tatchell, 37, allegedly wrote a prescription for the tranquilliser Diazepam then misled police by tidying up his flat after David Steel, a former Mr Gay Glasgow, was found dead in his bed.

A General Medical Council fitness-to-practise hearing in London was told Mr Steel’s body was discovered at Dr Tatchell’s flat in Glasgow on September 21, 2003. Mr. Steel, 30, of the city’s Ingram Street, who died of an ecstasy overdose, had also taken heroin, cocaine and Diazepam in a binge that began two days before.

Dafydd Enoch, for the GMC, told the hearing: “The party was not just fuelled by drink, although there was vodka, beer, champagne and alcopops drunk. We say it was fuelled by drugs, certainly in Mr Steel’s case.

“Dr Tatchell orchestrated a thorough tidy up of the flat before police arrived following Mr Steel’s death. He had just found a dead body in his bed, he must have realised he should have touched nothing. What did he have to hide?”

The insane irony of this story is that Tatchell is an addiction psychiatrist.  He therefore knows professionally the effects of this much drug-taking.  If I were the prosecutor, I would go for whatever the English equivalent of first degree murder is, because the case can be made that he had knowledge and forethought.


6 Responses to “Gay Drug Party Ends in Death”

  1. Dodgy said

    Murder? That’d be stupid.

    There not even a case for manslaughter.
    All he’s guilty of is tiding up the scene which will hopefully result in a charge of something along the lines of ‘Perverting the Course of Justice’ or allowing drugs to be consumed on his premises.

    Whether he’s a Dr or not, he shouldn’t be held responsible for somebody elses drug use.

  2. Childress said

    The article says Tatchell hosted “a drug and drink fuelled party” — which I believe means he provided drugs and a place to use them.

    I don’t know the laws in England, but here in the US, many states have laws that allow murder charges to be brought when someone supplies drugs that result in the death of someone.

  3. Brenton Breckenridge said

    This isn’t about, “who gave what to whom.” This is about addiction and substance abuse. I am a gay alcoholic. I’ve been through the Betty Ford Center and other well known rehab clinics, yet I’ve relapsed again.
    I’m sure some of you might find this funny, it is not. I was looking on-line for some “gay support groups” and found your blog-site. I am literally dying from alcoholism. I am a great looking 37 year old, blonde hair, blue eyed, 6’3″, 165lbs., yet, I am sick from the disease of addiction.
    I don’t wish to write more. However, I am not ashamed of who I am. Everyone who knows me is aware of my battle. That is my email address. I may regret putting this info out in the public forum, yet, maybe it’ll help me find a good man.
    Cunning, Baffling, and Powerful…
    With Care,
    Brent Beasley

  4. Daniel said

    Ah Childress,

    You are right. Lets do more of the same. Lock em all up. Make the sentences tougher, that will solve the problem straight away.

    I am sure that locking up the owner of the flat will serve to prevent this from ever happening again.

  5. Childress said

    You are right, Daniel, jailing the doctor who held the drug party won’t stop drug deaths from ever happening again.

    But you don’t complete your argument. You don’t consider what would happen if drugs were legalized. You have said previously that quality control would increase with legal manufacture. Then, in the same breath, you attack alcohol. Alcohol used to kill many people yearly through poor manufacturing (still does in prohibition countries like Pakistan), but with regulation and oversight, it is now formulated in a safe manner. No one need die from “bad alcohol” in most countries, and no one does.

    The reason you damn alcohol is simply because it’s legal, and consequently, a lot more of it is used than any of the illegal drugs. You think that if Ecstasy (or perhaps heroin, as others have attempted to argue here) is legalized, the only change will be better manufacturing. False. Consumption will soar with legality, and as it soars, addiction will soar, overdoses will soar, traffic accidents will soar, tragedies will soar.

    Your argument is shallow and silly.

    And shame on you for attempting to use my comment section to lecture the father of a girl who died from Ecstasy — a comment that will never see the light of day on this blog. You, Sir, are a cad.

  6. Jason McClure said

    There is a law in Scotland, which is culpable homicide hwich Dr Tatchell Is potentially guily of. But please remember what is being reported. Dr Tatchell is not being convicted in a court of law. It is the court of his professional body, The General Medical Council.
    In Scotland there are three verdicts in a court of law – Not Guilty, Guilty and Not Proven. This can make getting a conviciotn even more difficult as the body of evidence has to be stronger and without doubt. But this trial, reported is a professional trial not a criminal one. Yesterday he was founf guilty of 24 charged against him.
    Looks like he will be erased and can never work as a doctor again in the UK.

    There is alot more to this story than the soundbites in the press and I personally think it is better for the public if Dr Tatchell loses his position of power and authority.

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