A teenager who supplied MDMA to a 17-year-old girl who died after collapsing at the O2 arena in Greenwich has avoided jail.
- From June: 'The ultimate price': Dad of Teddington girl, 17, who died after falling ill at The O2 in Greenwich warns of dangers of illegal drugs
Emily Lyon, of Broom Road in Teddington, fell ill at the Red Bull Culture Clash DJ competition on June 17.
Paramedics were called to the venue after friends raised the alarm, but she died at 12.50am the next morning at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.
Luke Villars, 18, of High Drive in New Malden, was arrested on June 18 in Kingston and was charged on November 9 with supplying MDMA.
He appeared at Bexley Magistrates' Court on November 25, where he was bailed to appear at Woolwich Crown Court on December 23.
He admitted four counts of supplying a class A drug in Esher, but avoided jail as he was given a year's imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday, February 9.
He was ordered to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work and pay a statutory surchage of £140.
Villars was given a curfew between 7pm and 7am for four months and ordered to wear an electronic tag.
Judge Anuja Dhir also ordered the confiscation and destruction of any drugs in Villars' possession.
A post-mortem examination concluded that Emily had died after taking the 'party-drug', also known as ecstasy.
Metropolitan Police officers said that Emily had bought MDMA from Villars on June 17 in Esher.
Chief superintendent Simon Dobinson, Greenwich Borough Commander said: "This tragic case highlights the very real risks involved in both taking and supplying these types of drugs.
"In this instance, we have seen the most devastating of consequences - a young girl losing her life needlessly; and family and friends having to adjust to changes in their lives which were never expected and which no one should have to experience.
"Villars clearly believed his culpability ended when he supplied the drugs; but he has been held to account for his actions."
Friends had paid tribute to the A-level student, who was studying at Esher College when she died, saying she was a "great friend" and a "loving daughter".
Her father, Steve Lyon, warned others of the "tragic consequences" of taking "recreational substances" after her death after five other people, including a 16-year-old boy, had been taken to hospital after reportedly taking illegal drugs the same night.
Mr Lyon said: "We are absolutely devastated at what has happened and we're struggling to come to terms with it.
"Emily was a wonderful, vibrant young lady. She was a loving daughter and a caring sister, who was much adored by her vast circle of friends.
"It can be seen how these so called 'recreational substances' can result in such tragic consequences for so many people. Those who take them can pay the ultimate price."
An inquest into Emily's death will be held at the Inner South London Coroner's Court on Friday, February 17.
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