Parents of ecstasy death teen Daniel Spargo-Mabbs want to meet dealer of killer drug

Pitrora, left, sold drugs that killed Daniel, right

Pitrora, left, sold drugs that killed Daniel, right

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The parents a 16-year-old who died after taking ecstasy want to meet the dealer who sold him the fatal drug.

Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs hope Nicqueel Pitrora, who went to the same primary school as their son Daniel, will turn his life around and help them educate young people about drugs when he leaves prison.

Pitrora, 18, of London Road, Croydon, was jailed for five years on Friday for supplying 2.5g of MDMA to Daniel and five friends on January 17.

Daniel, of Rymer Road, Addiscombe, collapsed at rave in west London and died three days later after suffering multiple organ failure.

His parents later learned Pitrora, who pleaded guilty being concerned in the supply of class A and class B drugs on the first day of his trial last month, grew up alongside Daniel at Ashburton Junior and Infant School. 

They now hope the teenager will fulfill his pledge, made in a letter to the judge who sentenced him at Isleworth Crown Court, to stay away from drugs and warn other young people do the same.

Tim, 51, Fiona, 47, and Daniel's brother Jacob, 19, founded the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation to increase awareness of the potential dangers of drugs - and believe Pitrora could play a role.

Mr Spargo-Mabbs said: "I have been thinking about meeting him. It would be a real privilege. They come out of prison with a criminal record and it's hard for them to get a job. 

"If you could get in there at that point and work with him. When he said in his letter that he wanted to work with young people against drugs I almost leapt out if my chair. What an advocate he would be for us.

"He said he wanted to do it and it would be great to see that happen."

Mrs Spargo-Mabbs said: "They went to school together. The thought that they were all playing together in the playground at the same time. We are kind of connected to him. 

"Daniel can't live out his potential but my hope is that we can help [Pitrora] to live out his potential."

Croydon Guardian: Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs

Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs

Despite Pitrora being described as a "key player" in the transaction that led to Daniel's death, the couple were moved by the drug dealer's own life story, which involved being abandoned by his dad at an early age.

And while they were satisfied Judge Martin Edmunds imposed a significant jail term, Daniel's parents were not out for revenge.

Mr Spargo-Mabbs said: "I heard a story of a broken home and someone who grew up without a father.

"All of us have made duff choices in life. We can look back and say we are not going to do that any more. Dan doesn't get that chance, but Nicqueel does.

"It all started with a choice. It is all about choices, and Pitrora now has choices for his life."

Daniel's mother added: "He didn't set out to hurt people so we can't hold him solely, but nevertheless if you deal drugs to schoolchildren things are going to go wrong.

"I think we both feel that we are pleased that the judge treated it as seriously as he did and that Daniel's death was taken very seriously as part of the sentence.

"It's not that we want him locked up and that will make us feel better, but we wanted him to connect his actions with their consequences."

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