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Hannah Bragg: Teenage dealers sentenced over drug death

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image captionHannah Bragg played rugby for Tavistock and was a keen horse rider

Two teenage drug dealers have been sentenced following the death of a 15-year-old girl from an ecstasy overdose.

Hannah Bragg died after taking MDMA and LSD with a friend at a disused viaduct near Tavistock, Devon on 23 June 2018.

A 17-year-old boy, from Tavistock, and a 16-year-old boy, from Yelverton, both admitted supplying Class A drugs.

The older boy was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order, and the 16-year-old a 24-month order. They will both have to carry out unpaid work.

The 17-year-old was ordered to complete 50 hours and the younger boy 70 hours.

Plymouth Crown Court heard the boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been dealing drugs which they had bought on the dark web, which allows anonymous browsing on the internet.

They had been getting drugs including LSD, ketamine and MDMA sent to their addresses and had been supplying other children as young as 12.

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image captionThe teenagers were found near a disused viaduct in Tavistock

The court heard Hannah and her friend, who was 14 at the time, had taken MDMA and LSD before Hannah became unwell and had a seizure.

Her friend dialled 999 and Hannah was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

A post mortem found 2.64 milligrams of MDMA per 100 millilitres of blood in Hannah's body - a level of "acute toxicity", the court heard.

Her friend told police they had taken MDMA and LSD.

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image captionHannah's family said "she had lots of friends and had a good life"

Judge Paul Darlow said both defendants would have received custodial sentences if they had been adults.

Hannah's family said in a statement after the case that parents "need to wise up about drugs as they are so easy to get hold of".

Hannah's death was one of seven confirmed and suspected ecstasy deaths in Devon and Cornwall in 2017 and 2018.

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  • Yelverton
  • Drug use
  • Tavistock

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