Faye Allen, who suffered a fatal reaction to ecstasy at a rave in Manchester
The boyfriend of a teenager who died after taking super-strength ecstasy at her first ever rave has been jailed alongside the dealer who sold him the drug.
Faye Allen, 17, suffered a fatal reaction after taking the Class A tablet during an event at the Victoria Warehouse in Stretford, Greater Manchester.
Her boyfriend, Connor Aden, 19, who gave her the pill, and dealer Oliver Garside, 21, were both sentenced to a total of three years for drug offences.
It was the first time Miss Allen, from Liverpool, had taken the drug and the first time she had been to a nightclub or a rave.
Manchester Crown Court heard Garside was selling two brands of ecstasy dubbed Ups and Mastercard, at the Don’t Let Daddy Know dance music event.
It was suspected that the drugs had been smuggled into the venue in the plastic containers found in Kinder eggs.
Garside sold Aden three MDMA tablets. Aden took one, and gave the other two to Faye and another friend.
Both admitted supplying class A drugs at Manchester Crown Court, and Garside was jailed for two years and four months, while Faye’s boyfriend Aden was sent down for eight months.
Miss Allen (left) and her boyfriend Connor Aden (right) who was jailed for eight months at Manchester Crown Court
Prosecutor Guy Mathieson told the court that Garside managed to smuggle drugs into the venue at the event on May 2, 2016, despite security checks and sniffer dogs on the doors.
Buying three at £10 each for his group, Aden handed over the £30 to Garside. Faye took hers but the dose ‘overwhelmed’ her, the court heard.
Police launched an investigation and searched the address of Garside’s girlfriend, where he was found.
Oliver Garside, who was jailed for two years and four months after admitting drugs charges
Arthur Gibson, defending Aden, said it was ‘purely a matter of geography’ that Aden was the one who handed the money over to Garside, because he was standing closest to him.
Kevin Donnelly, for Garside, said his client had been selling cannabis since 2015 and had begun selling ecstasy in the weeks before Ms Allen’s death.
He said Garside, who became a father last year, has not taken drugs since the incident and has decided not to contact any of his old friends.
Sentencing Garside, judge Martin Steiger, said: ‘The defendant must have known that in dealing MDMA there was always the risk of an adverse reaction that might affect the life of the consumer.’
Garside pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying class A drugs, and one count of possessing class A drugs. Aden admitted two counts of supplying class A drugs.
Following Faye Allen’s death, Connor Aden’s father said: “She had never been to a rave or nightclub before. This was the first time.
Miss Allen had never been to a rave or a nightclub before. Her family said they are ‘absolutely devastated over her death
“They are a couple of young lovers who have gone to a club. Faye took a pill for the first time and disaster has struck.
“The whole family are absolutely devastated. We don’t know how we are going to look after each other.
“Faye was her mother’s best friend and she doted on her brother and sister and her boyfriend.
“She loved to look after her disabled brother and her younger sister. She was such a smiley and warm, loving girl.”
The Victoria Warehouse in Manchester which was the venue for the Don’t Let Daddy Know Dance event in May 2016
Ms Allen’s death was the third tragedy to hit the Allen family, after her mother lost two babies to cot death.
Her mother Maxine lost Faye’s brother Jordon to cot death aged just 23 months in 2004. A month later Faye’s sister Neve also passed away from cot death aged 18 weeks.
At a double inquest in November 2004, Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello ruled that both children died of natural causes.