A man who supplied morphine that killed two young people says he wished he had died instead of them.
Dennis Montero, 60, was jailed for three years after the tablets he sold caused the deaths of Ben Walters and Lindsey Wilson.
The day after taking the morphine at a birthday party in Berkhamsted, 18-year-old Ben was found dead.
Lindsey, 28, was found unconscious and was taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where she died 20 days later, never having regained consciousness.
Montero, of Northwood in Middlesex, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
He also admitting supplying cannabis, possession of morphine tablets, possession of amphetamine, possession of designer drugs and possessing 97.26 grams of cannabis with intent to supply.
Also in the dock at St Albans Crown Court on Friday (February 4) were Paige Jackson, 19, of Holly Drive, Berkhamsted and David Taylor, 21, of Birkett Way, Little Chalfont, Bucks.
They both admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
Maurice Aston, prosecuting, said a group of friends had wanted to experiment with drugs at Jackson’s 18th birthday party at Priory Court in Berkhamsted. She had contacted David Taylor, who had previous drug dealings with Montero, and he bought between 18 and 20 tablets from him for £40.
When he gave Jackson the morphine tablets Taylor told her that people should not take more than one.
But Ben, a keen drama student from Swallowtail Walk, Berkhamsted, said the tablet was not having much affect and took more of the drug. He was found dead the next day in a bedroom.
Trainee driving instructor Lindsey, from Silverwood Close, Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, was on the floor of the living room under a duvet and was taken to hospital.
Judge Andrew Bright QC sentenced Jackson and Taylor each to 26 weeks in prison, suspended for two years. Jackson must complete 120 hours’ unpaid work and attend 25 days’ education, training and employment courses. She must also pay £500 costs.
Taylor must do 145 hours’ unpaid work and pay £1,200 costs.