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Drug dealer jailed after party deaths in Hertfordshire

A 60-year-old man who supplied morphine that killed two people at a birthday party in Hertfordshire has been jailed for three years.

Ben Walters, 18, from Hertfordshire, and Lindsey Wilson, 27, of Maidenhead, died after the party in Berkhamsted.

Dennis Montero, of Joel Street, Northwood Hills, north-west London, admitted supplying Class A drugs.

Montero's barrister told St Albans Crown Court his client wished he had died instead of the two people.

The court heard that hours after taking the morphine at a birthday party in January 2010 drama student Mr Walters was found dead.

Ms Wilson, 27, was unconscious and taken to hospital where she died 20 days later, never having regained consciousness.

'Dangers of drugs'

Montero also admitting supplying cannabis, possession of morphine tablets, possession of amphetamine, and possession of designer drugs and cannabis with intent to supply.

Also in court, Paige Jackson, 19, of Holly Drive, Berkhamsted and David Taylor, 21, of Birkett Way, Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Maurice Aston, prosecuting, said a group of friends had wanted to experiment with drugs at Jackson's 18 birthday party at Priory Court in Berkhamsted.

She had contacted Taylor, who had previous drug dealings with Montero, and he bought between 18 and 20 tablets from him for £40.

For Montero, Justin Rose said: "He would rather have died himself than those young people."

Gary Pons, for Jackson, said: "She will live the rest of her days knowing what happened to two friends of hers. She feels remorse."

Defending Taylor, Martin Hooper said: "It was not his idea to obtain the pills. He got nothing out of it himself."

Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "The tragic circumstances of this case demonstrate more powerfully than words ever do the dangers associated with dealing in Class A drugs."

He passed a 26-week sentence suspended for two years on Jackson and Taylor, at the hearing on Friday.

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