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Snapchat drug dealer, 18, who sold crystal MDMA that killed schoolgirl is sentenced to seven years in prison

A Snapchat drug dealer who killed a schoolgirl after providing her with crystal MDMA was sentenced to seven years in prison on Wednesday.

James McCairn, 18, sold the drugs to 14-year-old Cerys Reeve after promoting his illicit trade on the instant messaging app.

The young man, a talented dancer, tragically died after ingesting the substance during an overnight stay at a friend’s house in Greenock, Inverclyde on July 13, 2020.

First offender McCairn was found guilty of culpable manslaughter after a trial at Glasgow High Court.

Prosecutors said he “recklessly and unlawfully” gave Cerys the deadly Class A drug at his home in Greenock.

Cerys Reeve (pictured) died after taking crystal MDMA during an overnight stay at a friend's house in Greenock, Inverclyde on July 13, 2020

Cerys Reeve (pictured) died after taking crystal MDMA during an overnight stay at a friend’s house in Greenock, Inverclyde on July 13, 2020

McCairn was also found guilty of supplying ecstasy to other young people in the city between November 2019 and July 2020.

Commenting on the sentencing, Judge John McCormick said: “The charge is inherently serious as you have been supplying Class A drugs to school-age children.

“The court is determined to do everything in its power to deter those interested in supplying drugs to young people.

“You ruthlessly provided drugs to Cerys Reeve and as a result she lost her life when she was 14 and you were 16.

“I can only imagine the agony of her family and no sentence can reflect the gravity of what happened.

“Given the nature of what happened, even the jury was moved to tears as they announced their verdict.

“Considering the seriousness of the offense and the consequences for Cerys Reeve, the reasonable term of imprisonment is seven years.”

The trial heard McCairn advertise pills for sale on the morning of July 13, 2020.

He had left a note at one point that said: “Mandy (slang name for MDMA) for sale. Good prices. Get SnapChattin.

He made contact with Cerys at 2:52 am.

James McCairn, 18, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter at Glasgow High Court today

James McCairn, 18, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter at Glasgow High Court today

The schoolgirl had been to a friend’s house before going to McCairn’s to buy MDMA.

Cerys returned and explained she had paid £10 for the medicines, which she was due to pay later that week.

The teenager mixed the powder into a cup of juice before taking it.

Her friend then came back into the room after making a toast – and described how Cerys was soon “acting really weird”.

These initially included her being unable to control her arms and kicking objects off a window sill.

The friend told prosecutor Graeme Jessop: “She asked me who I was and where she was.

“She talked about herself and had conversations.

“She kept saying Thursday and the name of one of our friends.”

The witness went on to describe Cerys grunting, sweating and falling out of bed, which woke the girl’s mother.

Cerys then began to burn and suffer a seizure.

A 999 call was immediately made and the teenager was taken to Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Cerys was described as “stiff all over” and on a ventilator.

The talented dancer sadly never recovered and was pronounced dead at 8.08am.

The cause of death was “MDMA toxicity”.

McCairn continued advertising drugs for sale for an hour after Cerys’ death, but he suddenly stopped after news of her death spread.

Other youth also came forward and said they received MDMA from McCairn in 2020, including his then 14-year-old girlfriend.

In his closing speech to the jury, Mr Jessop said: “McCairn just didn’t care about Cerys’ age or vulnerability.

“All he cared about at the time was to sell his drugs for a profit no matter the circumstances.”

McCairn did not testify at the trial.

Gary Allan QC, defending himself, said of the sentencing: “It is important for me to say that in meetings with Mr McCairn it was clear to me that I fully acknowledged the utter tragedy of Cerys Reeve’s death as a result of drug use will from him.’

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Emma Colton

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