A teenager who gave the MDMA that killed two of his friends at a concert has been jailed for 14 months.
Charlie Gregory, 19, bought the ecstasy powder on the Dark Web with Bitcoins, for him and friends Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brook to take at a Basshunter concert.
Aaron and Joshua, both 18, collapsed shortly after taking the drug at Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth on 8 December and died shortly after.
Judge Robert Linford told Gregory: ‘I simply do not know how many people, especially young people, have to die.’
He questioned whether those supplying and taking these drugs understand the deadly consequences and told the defendant: ‘If people like you were not prepared to source and supply this lethal drug, then people like Mr Reilly and Mr Brock would not be dying in such circumstances.’
Judge Linford told Plymouth Crown Court, which was packed with family and friends, that he was sentencing Gregory, who had previously pleaded guilty, for supplying the drugs – not for manslaughter.
He said Gregory had not weighed the amount he put in the wraps, which Aaron and Joshua swallowed, and did not know the purity of them – having admitted to police they were ‘generous’.
Joshua’s parents Sandra and Steve Brock said after the sentencing: ‘We are disappointed with the sentence, we were hoping for more to be honest, two people lost their lives.
‘Joshua and Aaron should have said no but teenagers egg each other on. You look a wuss if you don’t do it.
‘Don’t play Russian Roulette with your life. One moment of madness led to this tragedy.’
They continued: ‘Instead of a Christmas present this year we are buying a headstone.
‘Charlie Gregory said he mad ‘measured by eye’. He would have known how dangerous and life threatening this would be but he still went ahead with it.
‘He paid £56 for them by Bitcoin and it cost the deaths of two exceptional young men. He has given no explanation, apology or shown remorse for his actions.
‘Nothing can being back our wonderful son Joshua. Our world has been turned upside down and we are devastated.’
Aaron’s family called for better education about the drug, adding if their son had known about the dangers ‘he would never have been tempted to take it’.
They said: ‘How many more teenagers are going to lose their lives before other teenagers realise that they are gambling with their lives every time they experiment with MDMA.
‘We are constantly seeing similar stories of young adults from the ages of 15-20 losing their lives most weeks but yet nothing seems to be stopping this from happening.
‘Our other son is constantly telling us how popular this drug is in the youth of today but none of them know how deadly and life threatening MDMA actually is.
‘We think that is Aaron was taught about the dangers and consequences of MDMA he would have never been tempted to take the drug, and the rest of our family would still have our beautiful son in this world living the normal life he deserved.’
Gregory’s solicitor Stephen Nunn said it was a ‘tragic case’, and added: ‘He has clear remorse. He blames himself bitterly for the death of two friends who were entirely blameless.
‘There is nothing he can do to change what happened. All he can do is to show remorse and try to live a better life in the future.’
Aaron and Joshua collapsed in the club around 2am and were pronounced dead at 3am at Derriford Hospital.