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Teens sentenced after girl's drugs' death in Tavistock

Teens sentenced after girl's drugs' death in Tavistock

Published by Emma Carton at 8:02am 1st February 2020.

Two teenagers have been sentenced after the death of a girl from Tavistock who had taken drugs.

15-year-old Hannah Bragg suffered a seizure after taking MDMA (ecstasy) in June 2018.

She was rushed to Derriford but, tragically, could not be saved.

A 16-year-old boy from Yelverton and a 17-year-old boy from Tavistock admitted supplying Class As.

A court heard the pair, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been buying supplies on the 'dark web'.

They have both been handed lengthy youth rehabilitation orders and ordered to carry out hours of unpaid work.

Hannah Bragg from Tavistocl
Two teenagers have been sentenced after the death of a girl from Tavistock who had taken drugs

What happened to Hannah?

On Saturday 23 June 2018, both Hannah and the 16-year-old boy (who was 14 at the time) had taken MDMA near a disused viaduct in Tavistock.

Shortly afterwards, Hannah became unwell and suffered a seizure.

Extensive phone work carried out by detectives on the defendant’s phone showed that he had carried out several internet searches asking what to do with someone who was having a seizure.

After some time searching the internet and contacting a friend, he dialled 999.

Emergency services attended the scene and Hannah was air lifted to Derriford Hospital where, tragically, she was later pronounced dead.

Hannah Bragg from Tavistocl
15-year-old Hannah Bragg had suffered a seizure after taking MDMA in June 2018

The teenagers were sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court on Friday 31st January.

A 17-year-old boy from Tavistock was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and ordered to do 50 hours unpaid work.

A 16-year-old boy from Yelverton was given a 24-month youth rehabilitation order and ordered to do 70 hours unpaid work.

They had both pleaded guilty to being jointly concerned in the supply of a variety of class A drugs.

The 16-year-old boy was also charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

This was in connection to his supply of MDMA (ecstasy) to Hannah Bragg on the date that she died.

The court heard how the boys had been dealing class A drugs which they had procured from the ‘dark web’ and had been supplying to children.

The Judge acknowledged that he had to sentence the boys based on the ages that they were at the time of the incident.

Hannah Bragg from Tavistocl
Two teenage boys have been handed youth rehabilitation orders after admitting supplying Class A drugs

“This has been an incredibly detailed and lengthily police investigation into a case concerning two youths whom were found to have been dealing class A drugs.

“Some of these drugs had been provided to Hannah Bragg, whom was close to both of the boys in this case. Hannah died after taking MDMA (ecstasy).

“These events led to a subsequent police investigation which unearthed the boy’s actions in procuring and dealing the drugs to local young people and children, one of whom was just 12 years of age.

“I have sought to support Hannah’s family throughout this investigation and court proceedings. Mr Bragg had said from the start that all he wanted was to know the truth of what had happened to his daughter.

“I recognise that the outcome of this case will provide no comfort to Mr and Mrs Bragg however, we have investigated all available lines of enquiry in detail and with tenacity. This detailed investigation has brought us to this outcome at court, with both youths entering guilty pleas in their acceptance of the crown's case.

“On a personal note, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Hannah’s family whom have conducted themselves with great courage, patience and dignity throughout these proceedings.

“Hannah was a beautiful, promising and intelligent young lady. The photographs that her family have provided demonstrate to all that she had a variety of local hobbies, pursuits and interests.

“She had a great future ahead of her and was well thought of by all who knew her. This case should serve as a stark warning of the dangers that controlled drugs pose to everyone who considers taking them".

Detective Constable Craig Ferguson

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