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Family of 15-year-old girl who died after taking ecstasy issue warning to other teenagers

The family of a 15-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose have issued a warning to others considering taking recreational substances.

Mollie Nutt was on the first day of her school summer holiday when she went into cardiac arrest after taking MDMA - also known as ecstasy - with her boyfriend Stefan Scutaru in Stanonbury, Milton Keynes, in July 2018.

The teenager was rushed to hospital where she later died and a post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death to be an overdose of the class A drug.

Her boyfriend also spent time in hospital recovering from the drug's effects.

On Friday, Dione Grech, 24, who sold the couple £50 worth of the drugs, was jailed for four years and three months. 

Mollie Nutt, 15, was on the first day of her school summer holiday when she went into cardiac arrest after taking MDMA 

Thames Valley Police said Grech admitted to five drugs charges, but he denied that he had sold the drugs that caused Mollie's death, claiming instead that he had sold them to her boyfriend.

Following Grech's sentence, Ms Nutt's family urged others to consider the consequences of taking illegal drugs.

In a statement they said: 'We would like to remind people, especially teenagers like Mollie that you are not invincible when it comes to taking drugs.

'Please just think carefully about the possible consequences, before taking any illegal substances.

'Mollie had her whole life ahead of her, but her misadventure on that sunny day at the beginning of the school holidays has robbed her of that, and left her family devastated.'

Investigating Officer Detective Constable Leanne Shepherd, of Milton Keynes CID, said: 'This is a tragic case whereby a deal of MDMA has resulted in the death of Mollie Nutt.

'Nothing will bring Mollie back, but I am satisfied that due to strong evidence obtained by Thames Valley Police and presented to the court by the Crown Prosecution Service, the court found that Dione Grech knowingly supplied the MDMA to Mollie.

'As a result of this ruling, Grech has been jailed for four years and three months.'

Dione Grech, 24, who sold the couple £50 worth of the drugs, was jailed for four years and three months on Friday

Mollie was found in cardiac arrest on the afternoon of July 23, 2018, the first day of her summer holiday, in a field near her home in Bradville, Milton Keynes

On Friday, the hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court heard how the pupils visited a supermarket before they began to feel the effects of the ecstasy - something Mr Scutaru felt happened far quicker than he had experienced before.  

Jonathan Stone, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: 'On July 22, 2018, Mr Scutaru and Ms Nutt met the defendant near Bletchley Bus Station, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. 

'Mr Scutaru was with Ms Nutt as they exchanged the drugs as he wanted to protect her.

'The next day they were together at Ms Nutt's house. At 11am, they took the drugs.' 

Mr Stone added: 'Mr Scutaru remembers very little of what happened. He remembers Ms Nutt being unwell and trying to help her but nothing is clear. The next thing he remembers is waking up in hospital.'  

The prosecutor revealed that Mollie was found in cardiac arrest on the afternoon of July 23, 2018, the first day of her summer holiday, in a field near her home in Bradville, Milton Keynes. 

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the teenager died at the scene. A post-mortem examination revealed the student had died of MDMA ecstasy toxicity. 

Recorder Power heard that on July 25, days after Ms Nutt's death, Grech was arrested at his home address. 

Police found a number of drugs at his home, including cannabis and ecstasy.

Grech was charged with two counts of being concerned in supplying Class A drugs, being concerned in making an offer to supply Class B drugs, selling a controlled drug of Class A, possession of a controlled drug of Class A and possession with intent to supply a drug of Class B. 

He admitted the charges against him at an earlier hearing.

Defence Barrister Jon Swain explained that Grech has since become a father and has gone clean and stopped selling drugs.  

Mr Swain added: 'Through his own behaviour he was thrown out of home at aged 16 years and at an important stage in life, he did not have any family support. 

'He was effectively sofa surfing for some years until these events occurred. He was existing day-to-day by selling drugs, just enough to buy food and the drugs he wanted to use.' 

Mr Swain explained that Grech now has a new partner, who was in court with him, and had turned over a new leaf after he head learned the consequences of his actions.

Recorder Power sentenced Grech to four years and three months in prison on Friday. 

She made it clear she was not holding him responsible for Mollie's death.    

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