Nick Bonnie Death: Four friends could be facing jail terms

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FOUR friends of Nick Bonnie could be facing possible jail terms in relation to the death of the former Prince's Trust worker.

Mr Bonnie, 30, who grew up in King’s Stanley, collapsed and died in September last year after having swallowed a pill from what police described as a 'bad batch' of the drug ecstasy.

He and five friends were taken to hospital on September 27 last year when they became ill at the Warehouse Project nightclub in Manchester.

His family later issued a statement saying they hoped Nick's death might help others realise that drinking and use of any illicit drugs were ''a killer with consequences that will devastate lives forever'.'

Paul Tabb, aged 31, of Stanley View, Stroud, was due to stand trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court today, Tuesday, charged with perverting the course of justice but changed his plea to guilty.

He is charged with intent to pervert the course of justice by providing a false account to the police in relation to the incident concerning the supply of drugs to Nick Bonnie.

Tabb has already pleaded guilty to possession of MDMA and cocaine.

At a hearing earlier this year, three other men - James Churchill, aged 30, of Selsley West, Dean Neale, aged 29, of Moseley Crescent, Stroud and Simon Lloyd-Jones, aged 29, of Foxmoor Lane, Stroud, pleaded guilty to their roles in the tragedy.

Churchill admitted three charges of supplying controlled Class A drug MDMA and three allegations of supplying cocaine and admitted a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Neale admitted one charge of possessing MDMA, possessing cocaine and perverting the course of justice by providing a false witness statement.

Lloyd-Jones admitted perverting the course of justice.

All four men, who are on bail, will be appear for sentencing on Friday, October 3 when it is expected a victim impact statement from Nick's mother will be read out.

Speaking at the time of Nick's death, his parents Pauline and Andy Bonnie said: "This news has devastated the lives of us, Nick's two brothers Thomas and Ryan, and his beautiful devoted girlfriend, Leah.

“Our family and friends, Nick's friends, work colleagues, all those who had the privilege of knowing him and those he helped in his employment with the Prince’s Trust, are equally devastated.”

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