Two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, admit supplying ecstasy which killed 15-year-old schoolgirl
- Leah Heyes was 15 when she died after taking ecstasy in a Northallerton car park
- Mitchell Southern and Connor Kirkwood have admitted supplying class A drug
- They will appear next month to be sentenced at Teeside Crown Court
- After her death, Leah’s mother described her as a ‘thoughtful, beautiful girl’
Two teenagers have admitted supplying the ecstasy which killed a 15-year-old schoolgirl.
Leah Heyes, also known as Leah Elwin, died after taking MDMA at Applegarth car park in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, on May 11, 2019.
Mitchell Southern, 19, and Connor Kirkwood, 18, both pleaded guilty to supplying the class A drug.
After collapsing, Miss Heyes was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where she later died.
The North Yorkshire coroner confirmed she had died from intoxification of MDMA, the chemical name for ecstasy at an inquest opening heard in June of last year.
Two teenagers, 18 and 19, have admitted supplying Leah, pictured with her mother, Kerry Roberts, with the ecstasy which led to her death in North Yorkshire, on May 11, last year
The teenagers were arrested shortly after and admitted their crimes at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday [July 21].
Southern, of Dondeen Avenue, Thirsk, pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine and ecstasy.
Kirkwood, 18, of Lynx Lane, Dishforth Airfield, pleaded guilty to supplying ecstasy.
The pair will be sentenced at the same court on August 25.
The teenager’s death sent shockwaves through the community and hundreds of flowers were placed in the car park as tribute to the teenager.
Leah Heyes tragically died after taking ecstasy in car park last year aged 15
The area’s Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan issued a stark warning that drugs are now available to children for less than the cost of a McDonald’s Happy Meal.
Speaking at North Yorkshire Police HQ last year, Ms Mulligan said: ‘Leah died from an adverse reaction to a minuscule amount of MDMA, ecstasy, which I’ve subsequently found out typically costs just £2.50. Two pounds fifty for a beautiful young girl’s life.’
Following Miss Heyes’s tragic death, her mum Kerry Roberts released an emotional statement.
She described her daughter as her ‘best friend’ and ‘a thoughtful, beautiful girl, who was much-loved.’
Ms Roberts said: ‘I’m absolutely heartbroken to have lost my beautiful girl. No words can describe how much she will be missed and the enormous gap she has left in our lives.’
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