The cousin of tragic Shakira Pellow has been found guilty of giving her the three MDMA tablets that killed her.
The 15-year-old took the MDMA drugs with her friends at her home in Camborne on the evening of July 6, 2018, and later she collapsed at a nearby park.
Shakira was rushed to hospital – she suffered multiple cardiac arrests and organ failure and died the following morning.
Two men were arrested in connection to the incident and later charged with supplying a Class A drug.
The trial has been held at Truro Crown Court and Oakley Willoughby, 18, previously denied supplying 15 tablets of a Class A drug – the MDMA.
Another man, 18-year-old Joshua Ward, supplied the MDMA to Willoughby, who the prosecution said was asked by Shakira to pick up the pills for her.
During the trial, Willoughby maintained that it was not him that approached Ward and that the first he knew about what happened was when he found Shakira collapsed on the ground, reported Cornwall Live.
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The jury returned from their deliberation to convict Willoughby of the charge. Ward had previously admitted his role.
Willoughby will be sentenced tomorrow.
Prosecutor Jason Beal told the jury Shakira had arranged to buy the drugs from Ward, before asking Willoughby if he would come to the meeting point with her.
Ward agreed to sell 15 tablets of MDMA to Shakira for £90.
“Oakley denied he was also involved, denied he was the man to whom Joshua Ward gave the tablets, and that he was the man who passed them on to his cousin,” Mr Beal said.
The jury was shown CCTV footage of Willoughby walking in the direction of the scrapyard, as well as the arrival of Ward and his father in a car.
Mr Beal told the jury about a message Willoughby allegedly sent to Ward from Shakira’s phone, which said, “It’s Oakley. WYSG, I’m here now”.
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The pair arranged to meet at a scrapyard opposite the Tesco superstore in Camborne at around 8pm on Friday, July 6, 2018.
In a message, Shakira asked Ward what pills she was buying, to which he replied, “Duplos, took one last night and they are banging”.
Shakira replied that she “might be with Oakley Willoughby”, and Ward confirmed that he knew him.
The prosecution stated that Shakira asked Willoughby to collect the drugs from Ward.
“She was nervous about going up to the car herself,” Mr Beal said.
“When Joshua Ward arrived he saw a group of young people standing by a path, and one person walking towards the car, who he knew and recognised as Oakley Willoughby, who appeared at the passenger side window. Joshua Ward handed him 15 tablets, and Oakley Willoughby handed over money in return.
“Shakira and a friend then walked back to Shakira’s house in Pengegon, on the way each of them took three of the ecstasy tablets, blue in colour and named Duplo.
“When they got back to Shakira’s house the tablets were handed out to other friends, and they took theirs. It wasn’t long before the affects became obvious. Shakira’s friend was physically sick, and the group left the house and went to an area known as ‘the court’ in Pengegon park."
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Other people including Willoughby were there, Mr Beal said, and after a while Shakira began shaking before collapsing on the ground.
An ambulance was called at 10.30pm, and Shakira was taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro with Willoughby with her.
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Mr Beal told the court that Willoughby used Shakira’s phone to send a message to her mother, asking her to call him.
On route to the hospital Shakira suffered a cardiac arrest, and she died the following morning as a result of multiple organ failure, due to the toxic effects of MDMA use.
Police seized Shakira’s clothing, which contained an MDMA tablet in one of the pockets. Blue tablets containing a higher than average amount of MDMA were also discovered at Shakira’s home by police.
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