Father reveals his daughter, 13, died from ecstasy overdose and says dealers have ‘blood on their hands’ after friend told her ‘it was okay to take three tablets at once’
- Grace Handling, 13, died after taking ecstasy just days in the summer holidays
- Father Stewart Handling claims she was given drugs by boy she had recently met
- He claims the boy told Grace she could take three of the pills – but she overdosed
- Mr Handling says those responsible have Grace’s blood on their hands
The father of a 13-year-old girl who died after taking ecstasy has said the people who supplied her with the drugs have ‘her blood on their hands’.
Schoolgirl Grace Handling was found dead in a house in Irvine, Ayrshire, on the afternoon of June 29, just days into the summer holidays.
Her devastated family were force to wait 10 weeks for a toxicology report to find out why she had died.
Schoolgirl Grace Handling (pictured) was found dead in a house in Irvine, Ayrshire, on the afternoon of June 29, just days into the summer holidays. She overdosed on ecstasy
Her father, Stewart Handling, has now revealed that she died after taking Class A drugs – which he claims Grace was given by a boy she had met just three weeks earlier.
Speaking to BBC Scotland online, he said: ‘She went to this house with a boy. She had met him about three weeks previously and was under his influence.
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‘For some reason the ecstasy has been offered to her and she was told by the boy she could take three of them.’
Mr Handling said that he is worried that the person responsible for his daughter’s death will only receive a minimal sentence – and has warned that if it happened to Grace, it could happen to anyone.
Father Stewart Handling (pictured with Grace as a baby) has now revealed that she died after taking Class A drugs – which he claims she was given by a boy she had met just weeks earlier
He said: ‘These ‘entrepreneurs’ have young people’s blood on their hands. Grace was vulnerable.
‘I just want to know the truth – I want to know what his motives were.’
No one has ever been charged in connection with Grace’s death.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested at the time and then released without charge. Police say inquiries are ongoing.
Mr Handling said that he is worried that the person responsible for his daughter’s death will only receive a minimal sentence – and has warned that if it happened to Grace, it could happen to anyone
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