Schoolboy avoids prison after selling Donkey Kong ecstasy that killed teen, 13

A schoolboy has walked free from court after selling "Donkey Kong" ecstasy tablets to a teenager that killed him.

Carson Price, 13, took three tablets that he bought from a 14-year-old in a deal brokered over Snapchat.

A court heard that Carson had been "acting strangely" before he collapsed from a violent reaction to the drugs before later dying in hospital.

His grieving mum said: "All we want is justice and closure."

The dealer, who is now 15-years-old and cannot be named for legal reasons, walked from court without a prison sentence, Wales Live reports.

He told the judge: "It was very foolish what I did and I’m very sorry."

The dealer was handed a 12-month referral order at a youth court after he admitted selling the Class A drugs.

Carson’s mourning mother said: "I feel like I have been waiting a long time for justice.

"It will never take away the pain but I think there’s a relief that he pleaded guilty and acknowledged what he has done."

She went on: "It’s been hard and it’s been one day at a time – life has changed completely and it is something that you have got with you for the rest of your life.

"I’m hoping with this sentencing there will be a little bit of closure for me and I can carry on dealing with my grief."

Carson, who was 13, bought the drugs after he arranged to meet the then 14-year-old dealer outside a Texaco garage.

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The deal, for green coloured Donkey Kong tablets, had been arranged on Snapchat – where messages disappear after a set time.

A court heard the lad took the ecstasy in a park with pals in South Wales before he started "acting strangely".

Prosecutor Mike Williams said: "Carson’s friend described the tablets as green in colour in the shape of a Donkey Kong with DK written on them with a split in the middle to break them in two.

"One has some froth coming out of the top which was glistening like a crystal."

Carson died in hospital near his home in Caerphilly, Wales, in April last year.

Williams said: "A post-mortem was carried out and toxicology revealed that his death was caused by an adverse reaction to the pills he had taken."

The dealer, who was in a black gilet and face mask, was joined in court with his mother and sat "stony-faced" throughout the hearing.

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The court heard the 15-year-old schoolboy was arrested days after Carson’s death and when interviewed told police he’d been threatened by an adult male to sell the drugs.

But Williams said text messages showed the boy had continued to try and secure more drugs even after Carson had died.

William Bebb, defending, said: "He accepts the consequences of his actions have caused immeasurable lasting harm.

"This is not a case where there was any form of pressure, intimidation, or malice."

Judge Martin Brown called Carson’s death "a tragic accident".

He said: "It’s impossible to redress the trauma, harm, pain, and distress that this has caused.

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"You sold Class A drugs to a younger boy and tragically he took all three pills. Whether the same effect would have occurred if he had taken one tablet or two no-one will ever know."

He went on: "You sold him those drugs and you were 14 at that time – that will make most people take a sharp intake of breath, that a 14-year-old boy was selling Class A drugs."

The judge told the boy he should be "traumatised" by Carson’s death.

"You should be saying, ‘I will do whatever it takes so that I never put myself in this position ever again and I will try to put right what I have done in this instance’."

The judge added: "If I ever see you have been charged with possession of any drug, let alone selling, then I want to know about it."

In a statement after the hearing, Carson's family said: "As a family, we appreciate all the hard work which has gone into this investigation, which is still continuing. No sentence can ever be sufficient to alleviate the pain and suffering we have experienced.

"We are fully aware that this sentence reflects the age of the offender. However, we feel that it has fallen some way short of sending the right message to all children and young people that taking or dealing drugs is extremely dangerous and has severe consequences.

"It remains frustrating to our family that the adults, who introduce these drugs into the social networks of our children, are yet to be charged or convicted."

A 22-year-old man from Caerphilly who was arrested on suspicion of the supply of Class A drugs remains released under investigation.

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