Mother who gave son drugs that killed him jailed for 10 years

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A mother who gave her 15-year-old son a fatal cocktail of drugs and alcohol during a binge has been jailed for ten years.

Mum-of-five Holly Strawbridge plied her teenage son Tyler Peck with booze, morphine and strong prescription painkillers and sniffed aerosols with her son and his friend.

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She was trying to be ‘cool’ and wanted to be liked by teenagers, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

She poured cap fulls of liquid morphine into their beer and gave them strips of Gabapentin while in the kitchen of her family home in Salcombe, Devon, in February.

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The 34-year-old also gave the 15 year old boys spirits during the night time binge while her husband Gavin and their four younger children slept upstairs.

Schoolboy Tyler, who had a history of drink and drug abuse, later died in his sleep from 'toxic poisoning'.

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Strawbridge was jailed by Judge Paul Darlow at the crown court, yesterday.

He told her it was a ‘deliberate disregard for Tyler’s true welfare’ and said her son died 'as a result of the morphine and Gabapentin you supplied him’.

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She had previously condoned that sort of behaviour in her own house and it was not ‘a one off type incident’.

Judge Darlow said: 'You took a misguided pride that your house was a place where 14 and 15 year olds could go and get hammered.'

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The mother's attempt to blame two of Tyler’s friends was condemned by the judge as ‘callous and unreasonable’.

Her home was a well-known place where she would supply youngsters with heavy duty painkillers Oramorph and Gabapentin which had been prescribed to her for her own medical condition, the court heard.

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Prosecutor Peter Coombe said 6’2" tall Tyler regularly took drugs and his red haired mother even encouraged him, selling him Valium on one occasion.

He told then jury: 'He had been drinking alcohol from an early...
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