Lecturer spared jail sentence

02.12.11 | |


Brian Dodgeon a University researcher was spared jail, following the death of a teenage girl who took drugs at a party at his home. Mr Dodgeon was handed an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years after admitting four charges of possessing drugs including ecstasy, LSD and ketamine.

Isobel Jones-Reilly, 15 a friend of the 61-year-old's teenage daughter, took two ecstasy tablets she found hidden in Brian Dodgeon's home in Barlby Road, north Kensington, west London, in April. She fell ill but would not let friends call 999 for fear of getting into trouble. Her friends tried to resuscitate her and called for an ambulance when Isobel stopped breathing, she later died in hospital.

Following the accident Mr Dugeon had attempted to take his own life by leaping from a flyer over. He required brain surgery after fracturing his skull and breaking several bones including a femur, an elbow and a heel. Sarah Elliott acting for the defendant said Dodgeon was a "broken man".

In handing down his sentence Judge Andrew McDowall said "The worst punishment you can have is one that will last for the rest of your conscious life - the knowledge that because of the possession of these drugs, and your failure to keep them secure from teenage experimentation, has resulted in a death. You know that and it is obviously a burden on you."

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