Nick Bonnie nightclub death: Four receive suspended sentences

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Four friends of a man from Stroud who died after taking drugs at a Manchester nightclub have been given suspended sentences.

Nick Bonnie died at The Warehouse Project in September 2013, after taking a suspected bad batch of ecstasy.

James Churchill, 31, Dean Neale, 30, Paul Tabb, 31, and Simon Lloyd-Jones, 29, all from Stroud, admitted perverting the course of justice.

Churchill also admitted supplying ecstasy and cocaine.

Tabb and Neale admitted possessing ecstasy and cocaine.

The men all pleaded guilty to their charges at earlier hearings.

At Manchester Crown Court on Monday, Churchill was given a 12-month suspended sentence and Neale, Tabb and Lloyd-Jones were each given eight-month suspended sentences.

Lied to police

Mr Bonnie, 30, who was originally from Stroud but lived in Bristol, collapsed at the Warehouse Project nightclub in Trafford and died at Manchester Royal Infirmary on 28 September 2013.

The court heard the defendants lied to police about where they had got the drugs, saying they had bought them from a dealer at the nightclub, when in fact they had brought them along.

Mr Bonnie's mother, Pauline Bonnie, said in a victim impact statement the family's lives "will never be the same without Nick".

"Every day for us feels like a mountain to climb. We are a broken family and we will never get over this.

"We have lost our sparkle until the day we leave this world."

Mrs Bonnie called for tougher sentences for drugs offences.

"If you're found to supply, you should be on a manslaughter charge."

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