Beckenham man charged after suspected teen overdose at illegal rave

PUBLISHED: 09:45 22 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:00 22 January 2014

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs was described by his father as a 'lovely mecurial kid' (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Daniel Spargo-Mabbs was described by his father as a 'lovely mecurial kid' (Picture: Metropolitan Police)


A Beckenham man has been charged after 16-year-old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs died on Monday due to a suspected ecstasy overdose while at an illegal rave.

Ryan Kirk, 20, of Puffin Close, is one of two men charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

The other man, Nicqueel Pitrora, 18, of London Road, Croydon, was also charged with possession of cannabis.

Daniel, who was in the first year of studying for his A Levels, died following the party at an industrial site on Pump Lane, Silverdale Road, on Friday night.

Scotland Yard said he died “after a suspected drugs overdose”, adding that the “illegal rave” was closed down and no arrests were made.

Daniel’s father, 50-year-old Tim Spargo-Mabbs, described his son as “a lovely mercurial kid”.

Speaking at the family home in Croydon yesterday, he said: “He was up for adventure. He was a really normal kid. He spent a bunch of his spare time with his girlfriend and played a lot on his Xbox.

“This was the first time he’d taken anything and if it could happen to him it could happen to anyone. We very much want to get that message across.”

Mr Spargo-Mabbs added that Daniel’s girlfriend was “traumatised” by his death.

Daniel was a pupil at Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England High School, in Croydon.

The school’s headteacher, Richard Parrish, said: “He was a bright boy, he was an articulate boy, he was a boy of huge potential. He was going to go far.

“We are still stunned. We’re just beginning to emerge from that.”

The teenager was “just beginning to find his niche” and was interested in “a whole range” of things, the teacher said.

He wrote a letter to parents to express the school’s grief.

It said: “Sometimes you hope that the worst thing won’t happen. Sometimes it does happen anyway. And yesterday it did.

“We began Monday knowing that Daniel Spargo-Mabbs, one of our Year 12 students, who has been with us in the school since Year Seven, was in a critical condition on a life support machine. At lunch time he died. In the afternoon we spoke to each year group in turn, starting with his own, to tell them the terrible news.

“Today we begin again, knowing that our school and the world is the poorer without him. Today is too soon to do anything more than react to the brutal fact that we have lost Daniel.

“Tomorrow we will begin the process of remembering, of paying tributes, of collecting our thoughts and of coming together as a community to remember him together.

“Our heart goes out to Daniel’s family, to his parents, to his brother Jacob (who did his A levels here last summer) and to his closest friends.”

A third man, 19, has been bailed until March pending further investigation, police said.

Kirk and Pitrora will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court today.

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