A drug dealer has been jailed for six years for supplying the deadly Superman tablets which were linked to the death of a Telford father-of-three.
A judge at Shrewsbury Crown Court told Damien Malolepszy that he played a significant role in the death of Daniel Bagnall on New Year s Day, 2015. Malolepszy was found guilty of four charges concerning the supply and possession of Class A and Class B drugs, and not guilty of one charge of supplying class a drugs.
He supplied ecstasy tablets marked with the Superman logo to 27-year-old Mr Bagnall hours before he died at his home on Woodside Road in Ketley. Reporting restrictions had been in place during the trial to prevent the linking of the case to the supply of the notorious Superman pills with the death of Mr Bagnall. These were lifted after the verdict and sentencing at the crown court yesterday. Malolepszy, 29, had denied selling drugs to Nathan Crossley on New Year s Eve, 2014, and Mr Bagnall the following day.
Police raided a property where the defendant was listed as a tenant at the time in High Street, Hadley. Officers found a substantial amount of cannabis, pills and a set of electric weighing scales. But Malolepszy of Redlands Road in Hadley, said he had moved out and sub-let it to another Polish couple. Malolepszy will serve six years imprisonment and, after he is released, will face automatic deportation to his home country of Poland.
Statements were read out in court from Daniel s partner Stacey Picken, the mother of this three children, and from Daniel s mother, Sharon Peters, who said they had found it difficult to cope with life after his death. Sentencing, Judge Jim Tindall said: I do not doubt that you were not high up in the pecking order of the drugs business. I fully accept that Daniel Bagnall was an adult, I fully accept he decided to take alcohol and cocaine and half a Superman tablet before you dealt to him. I also take into account that you warned him that the tablets were strong and more than one tablet should not be taken. But you knew the drugs were dangerous and that is why you gave the warning. As a result of the drugs you sold Daniel, on top of the cocktail of other drugs taken, it is clear from the medical evidence a significant contributing part in his death was following the deal you did with him.
That loss is still a great source of pain to Mr Bagnall s family.
After the case, Detective Sergeant Jez Gardner said: “I hope this sentence sends out a clear message to those involved in the supply of drugs that you will be caught and brought to justice.
“It is not only illegal to buy and sell drugs but it can also be very dangerous, potentially fatal, for people to take them.
We are urging the public not to be tempted to take drugs; you don’t know what they are made of, where they have come from or what effects they may have.”
Anyone who has information about the supply of illegal substances is asked to contact police by calling 101.
PUBLISHED: December 2, 2015 17:59LAST UPDATED: December 2, 2015 18:19
A new video will keep residents up-to-date with the roll-out of superfast broadband across Telford & Wrekin. embedded content
Telford & Wrekin Council said it was working closely with BT to minimise disruption to the borough s motorists, commuters and visitors. Superfast Telford was officially launched in July and will result in 98 per cent of households in the borough having access to superfast fibre broadband. It is a 5.6m partnership between Telford & Wrekin Council, BT and the Government s Broadband Delivery UK programme. The new video highlights how the council holds regular meetings with every relevant utility company to ensure work on the borough s roads is carefully planned and co-ordinated so that disruption and closures are kept to an absolute minimum.
Dawley, Oakengates and Great Bolas are the first areas which will start to benefit from superfast broadband in the new year. The network being installed by Openreach BT s local network business will enable people to choose from a wide range of broadband service providers. Councillor Shaun Davies, cabinet member for customer services, said: This is a major engineering project which requires the installation of 430km of sub duct and new fibre so inevitably there will be some disruption going forward.
We would like to apologise to anyone who is affected by the work but the good news is that it will ultimately result in high speed coverage for our residents and businesses.
Steve Henderson, BT s regional manager for broadband partnerships, said: Rolling out faster fibre broadband in Telford and Wrekin is a huge and often complex engineering operation.
Our project teams are working hard and are determined to get the job done as quickly as possible, while keeping disruption to local residents, shoppers, motorists and visitors to an absolute minimum especially in the run up to Christmas.