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Judge shows mercy on user who supplied friends with killer drugs

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

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A woman who supplied drugs to an addict who died of an overdose has been sent into rehabilitation to cure her own addiction problem

A judge has shown mercy on Gemma Gurr after hearing that drugs workers have agreed to work with her on a rehabilitation programme.

The drug user admitted being one of those who supplied addict Clare Bain, who died from an overdose of methadone at her home in Axminster a year ago.

She had approached more than one other user to ask them to give or sell her drugs in the days before she died and they agreed without realising she was also getting more methadone from others.

Gurr, aged 37, of Heal’s Field, Axminster admitted supplying methadone and was ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation for 12 months as a condition of a two year supervision order.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, said the best chance of Gurr staying out of trouble was for her to tackle her own drug problems.

The case followed a police investigation into the death of Miss Bain, aged 40, was found dead in December last year at her home in Axminster after taking an overdose of methadone and diazepam.

Mr Lee Bremridge, prosecuting, said it was accepted that Gurr had not been the sole supplier or aware that the victim was building up a stockpile.

Mr Rupert Taylor, defending, urged the Judge to give Gurr credit for her guilty plea and follow the recommendations of the probation and drug workers’ reports.

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