Drug user jailed after Axminster death

PUBLISHED: 11:24 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:25 24 July 2013

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.


Nine month sentence for ‘pleasant young lady’ who supplied methadone to a friend who later died of an overdose

An Axminster drug-user has been jailed after she supplied a heroin substitute to a fellow addict who died of an overdose.

Patricia Trice gave some of her prescription of methadone to friend Clare Bain without realising she had acquired even more of the drug from other users.

Addict Bain, aged 40, was found dead at her home in East Devon after taking an overdose of methadone and diazepam, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Trice, aged 29, of Millwey Avenue, Axminster, admitted supplying a class A drug and was jailed for nine months by Recorder Mr John Williams.

He told her: “It cannot have been easy to admit what you have done in the circumstances of this case. Your friend, no doubt having received other amounts of methadone from other people, sadly died.

“Her death is a side of this case that must be reflected to some extent in the sentence. It was not a case in which you were supplying anyone who was naïve.

“I read in the pre sentence report that you feel some degree of responsibility for her death. I hope that encourages you and others to stop getting involved with class A drugs.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said: “This defendant supplied a quantity of methadone to Clare Bain who very sadly and tragically was found dead in her home the following day.

“Miss Bain had a methadone prescription of her own but regularly sought additional quantities and approached Trice on December 4 last year.

“She was on a reducing methadone script and was eventually persuaded to provide her friend with some. She thought there would be no difficulty but there were tragic consequences.”

Miss Mary McCarthy, defending, said Trice was very reluctant to supply but did so because she was upset after a family problem.

She said: “She also bought her a hot chocolate to cheer her up. It was a very unfortunate situation in which she did not know that Miss Bain had sourced more methadone from elsewhere.

“My client is a very pleasant young lady who is keen to get herself a fresh start for the sake of her children.”

Two other people are due to appear in court later on similar charges in connection with Miss Bain’s death.

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