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Berkhamsted party deaths drug dealer 'baffles' judge

A judge has said he is "totally baffled" by a woman caught dealing drugs, despite the deaths of two people at her 18th birthday party.

Paige Jackson was sentenced in 2011 for being involved in the supply of morphine that killed Ben Walters and Lindsey Wilson in Berkhamsted in 2010.

St Albans Crown Court heard Jackson, 21, of Vale Road, Aylesbury, was then found with MDMA powder on 18 May 2013.

She admitted supplying a Class A drug and was given a suspended sentence.

Judge Andrew Bright QC - who had sentenced Jackson in 2011 - told her on Tuesday: "If anyone has got in mind the dangers of abusing Class A drugs it ought to be you.

"I am totally baffled why you have not learnt your lesson. Dabbling in drugs has potentially fatal consequences."

Drama student Mr Walters, 18, and 27-year-old Ms Wilson were at Jackson's party in Priory Court in January 2010 when they took morphine.

Mr Walters died soon after and Ms Wilson passed away 20 days later, having never regained consciousness.

'Ruin your life'

Jackson, then of Holly Drive, Berkhamsted, was given a 26-week sentence, suspended for two years.

Dennis Montero, 60, of Joel Street, Northwood Hills, north-west London, admitted supplying Class A drugs and was jailed for three years.

At the time, Jackson's barrister said she would "live the rest of her days knowing what happened to two friends of hers".

St Albans Crown Court heard that in the most recent offence, she was caught with MDMA after police noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from her car on Berkhamsted High Street.

The powder had a street value of up to £105, the court heard, and text messages on her phone indicated dealing.

Defence barrister Robert Spencer Bernard said the deaths "hit her very very hard indeed" and she had wasted the past two or three years.

Passing a 21-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Bright said: "You are a young woman with real potential.

"Locking you up for a while would forever ruin your life."

Jackson was given a two-year supervision order and six-month nightly curfew and ordered to pay £600 in prosecution costs.

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