Ecstasy death girl Grace Handling ‘told friend she took three blue pills’

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A schoolgirl who died after allegedly being supplied with ecstasy told a friend she had taken three blue pills, a court has heard.

Grace Handling, 13, died at a house in Irvine, North Ayrshire, on the day her school broke up for the summer in 2018.

Prosecutors state that her death was a consequence of ingesting the drug given to her by Callum Owens.

Mr Owens, 19, is on trial at the High Court in Glasgow where he denies culpable homicide.

Grace's friend told the court that she spoke to her on the phone at about 20:00 on 28 June 2018.

She said: "She couldn't get any of her words out, she was slurring her words.

"She told me she had took three blue pills. I knew she meant ecstasy. She said she was at home, but I could tell she wasn't."

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Prosecutor Alex Prentice asked the witness if she questioned Grace about where she got the drugs, and the 15-year-old replied: "She wouldn't tell me. She said she didn't know."

The schoolgirl said she later tried to contact Grace by text and phone but got no reply.

Defence QC Donald Findlay asked the girl if she knew Grace had previously taken ecstasy and she said: "Yes, not regularly but she had done it a few times."

The QC then said: "Did you see her take the pills or did she tell you," and the schoolgirl replied: "A combination."

Mr Owens, from Irvine, denies the culpable homicide of Grace by recklessly and unlawfully supplying a lethal drug to her on 28 June 2018 .

He is also accused of being concerned in the supply of ecstasy from addresses in Irvine and at Largs train station between 25 and 29 June 2018.

Grace Handlingimage copyrightThe Handling family

Earlier, Grace's mother Lorraine Handling, 47, told the court that her daughter had been at Troon beach with friends on 28 June 2018.

Mrs Handling said she picked her up from the beach at 15:45 because it was too hot for her fair-skinned and red-haired daughter.

She said Grace had a shower, changed her clothes and ate a cheese salad before going out again at 17:00.

Mr Prentice said: "How was she?" and Mrs Handling replied: "She was good, she was fine."

Reported missing

The prosecutor then asked: "Did she appeared intoxicated," and she said: "No, absolutely not."

Mr Prentice said: "Was that the last time you saw her," and Mrs Handling replied: "Yes."

The court heard that Grace did not return home and her parents phoned round her frRead More – Source

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