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Teenage drug dealer jailed for five years after MDMA death

An 18 year-old drug dealer who targeted schoolboys has been sentenced to five years in prison after a youngster "with everything to live for" died after taking ecstasy.

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, 16, of Croydon, died of multiple organ failure three days after taking MDMA, or ecstasy, when he went to a a rave in Hayes, west London, in January.

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Son's drugs death 'like having a limb ripped off'

Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs say their son Daniel Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive

The mother of a 16-year-old boy who died after taking the drug MDMA at a rave gave a "moving" witness statement that left some in the court in tears.

It is like having a limb ripped off without any anaesthetic. It it like having an enormous wound but it is much worse. I would choose either of those things than losing my son.

– Fiona Spargo-Mabbs

In her statement at the trial of drug dealer Nicqueel Pitrora, Mrs Spargo-Mabbs said she suffers from exhaustion, has lost an enormous amount of weight and is having counselling. Her husband is on anti-depressants and Daniel's 19 year-old brother had problems trying to settle down as he started university.

"How can someone who has been such a part of my life, his mother for 16 years, not be there when I am?" she asked.

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