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Dad gave his girl fatal dose of ecstasy.. then failed to get her help; He shared drugs with Chloe, 17.

Byline: EUAN STRETCH

A FATHER whose teenage daughter died after taking ecstasy he gave her has been jailed.

Jason Wilkes, 45, also delayed getting medical help that could have saved 17-yearold Chloe, a court heard. She fell ill after they shared a gram of MDMA, which they "bombed" - swallowing it wrapped in cigarette rolling paper - at home.

Prosecutor James Mulholland QC said Wilkes had a "light-hearted and enthusiastic" attitude towards his daughter taking drugs and this demonstrated a "complete failure and breakdown in parental guidance".

When Chloe began to show signs of overheating and confusion he drove her to woodland and then to his workplace on an industrial estate "to cool her down".

He did not call for an ambulance until an hour after she became unwell and Chloe died in hospital later the same day.

In the week leading up to her death he had told her he felt like "getting on it" and she agreed to stay in with him and take drugs, the court heard. Wilkes had started using drugs after splitting from Chloe's mum Elainor Wright, 38, when their daughter was about 10. Chloe started experimenting with drugs from the age of 13.

Wilkes and Chloe took ecstasy and cocaine the night before she took her fatal dose and three months previously, Maidstone crown court was told.

Her dad had previously tried to discipline her for her drug use when she briefly returned to live with him but she had simply gone back to live with her mum.

Mark Weekes, defending, said Wilkes feared driving her away again if he tried to stop her using drugs.

TV and stage scenery worker Wilkes, of Ashford, Kent, was jailed for five years, four months after admitting manslaughter.

Judge Phillip Statman told him: "Whatever sentence I impose, you will lead the rest of your life in the knowledge that your conduct led to the death of your daughter. You encouraged her to do as she did, wanting to join in with her."

He also got a concurrent two-and-a-half years for supplying an illegal drug after admitting the offence at an earlier hearing.

Ms Wright, who also has a 13-year-old son with Wilkes, refused to comment.

euan.stretch@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Jan 21, 2015
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