Teenager detained for supplying MDMA to his 15-year-old cousin who died after taking drug

David Mercer, news reporter
Shakira Pellow's family released a picture taken of her in hospital before her death

The cousin of a 15-year-old girl who died after taking MDMA has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institute for supplying the drug to her.

Shakira Pellow took the ecstasy pills with her friends in a park in Camborne, Cornwall in July 2018.

She suffered multiple cardiac arrests and organ failure and died in hospital the following day.

Three other 15-year-olds were taken to hospital for treatment but recovered.

Oakley Willoughby was sentenced on Tuesday after he was convicted of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, namely MDMA, to his cousin Shakira and three other teenagers.

A jury found the 18-year-old from Camborne unanimously guilty following a three-day trial at Truro Crown Court.

His co-defendant, Joshua Fletcher-Ward, 18, had previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of MDMA to Shakira and another male and will be sentenced next month.

Detective Inspector Glenn Willcocks, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Today sees the conclusion of a lengthy investigation into the supply of MDMA (ecstasy) to Shakira Pellow and three other young people, the youngest aged 13.

"The outcome assists to bring closure for Shakira's family and friends and holds those involved in the supply of the drugs responsible for their actions.

"Anyone who provides another with an illegal drug takes on significant risk; sadly in this case Shakira and her family paid the ultimate price.

"This case serves as a tragic reminder of the risks associated with the use and supply of drugs and I would urge those involved in either, to seriously consider the consequences."