A teenage drug dealer who sold his friend the synthetic ‘N-bomb’ powder which killed him is appealing his two-year jail term.
Dale Wadeson, 20, sold the illegal LSD alternative to Corey De Bie for $20 in a car park in February 2017.
He told him not to take it all at once but Corey did and was found dead in a park in the Perth suburb of Aveley the next morning.
Dale Wadeson (left), 20, sold the illegal powder – an alternative to LSD – to Corey De Bie (right) for $20 in a car park in February 2017.
Wadeson was last month jailed for two years for selling the drug – but is now appealing on the grounds that the sentence is ‘manifestly excessive.’
Wadeson’s lawyer says he should get no more than a suspended sentence because of his guilty plea, his youth and the overall circumstances, reported WA Today.
Corey, 19, was described by friends and relatives as a caring person with a ‘heart of gold’ who was passionate about sound engineering and who had just been accepted into the navy.
Corey De Bie (right), 19, ingested the drug, his friends told police, before abruptly leaving a party around 2am. Left: Wadeson
Mr De Bie’s body was found by rubbish collectors near a park in the suburb of Aveley
His uncle Shannon De Bie said last year: ‘Corey had been drinking and wasn’t in a state to be making decisions.
Killer drug: N-bomb
N-bomb is a nickname of the substance 25I-NBOMe, which is a research chemical commonly marketed as an alternative to LSD.
Taken in liquid or powder form, it is believed to have caused the deaths of at least two other Australians.
A case report in the US-based journal Clinical Toxicology described an 18-year-old who ended up in hospital after taking N-bomb.
The man had an excessive heart rate, high blood pressure, and dilated pupils, and was described as behaving aggressively for up to 48 hours after ingesting the drug.
‘He had worked hard to move away from bad influences in his life and he was about to go into the Navy. He had worked so hard and was by no means a druggy.’
He added: ‘Our family is a wreck. The worst part is he was so young and had so much ahead of him.
‘A mother shouldn’t have to bury her son.’
Mr De Bie said he intially wanted a harsh punishment for Wadeson – who sold drugs to ‘survive’ – but now forgives him.
‘We want to reach out to this kid and his family and tell them we have no bitterness towards him and we forgive him,’ he said.
‘Initially we wanted justice, but we know there is more to this young man’s story and we think it’s more important that this man turn his life around.
‘We want our families to meet face-to-face and come together to create change and hopefully stop another family from going through this.’
Mr De Bie said he initially wanted a harsh punishment for Wadeson but now forgives him. Pictured: Police at the scene