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Remorse of lover after drug death

PUBLISHED: 17:08 17 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:24 12 August 2010

A TAXI driver whose lover died after the couple took an illegal party drug to enhance their sex life has been jailed for eight months. Paul Mackie, 37, of Petersham Drive, Orpington, bought and supplied GHB to his 33-year-old mistress Danielle Marsh.  Sn

A TAXI driver whose lover died after the couple took an illegal party drug to enhance their sex life has been jailed for eight months.

Paul Mackie, 37, of Petersham Drive, Orpington, bought and supplied GHB to his 33-year-old mistress Danielle Marsh.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard on Monday how Mackie was having an affair with Miss Marsh behind the back of his long-term girlfriend.

The couple took the drug together for the first time, but when Mackie woke up the following morning Miss Marsh was dead.

He dragged her into a shower and repeatedly slapped her in a bid to revive her, not realising she had overdosed.

By the time paramedics arrived at the flat in Whitechapel, east London, rigor mortis had set in on September 13 last year.

Mackie admitted supplying a class C drug, gamma hydroxybutyrate, to Miss Marsh.

Anyone found in possession of the banned drug faces up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine. Dealing in it can result in a sentence of up to 14 years.

Judge Louise Kamill said: "I would be failing in my public duty if I did not sentence Mr Mackie to a term of imprisonment." Members of Miss Marsh's family applauded and thanked the judge, but one woman seated in the public gallery shouted: "He didn't get enough."

Judge Kamill said: "Whatever I say and whatever has been said in this court cannot sufficiently express the tragic loss of Miss Danielle Marsh."

Mackie, whose long-term girlfriend has stuck with him since the tragedy, had renewed his relationship with Miss Marsh following their separation years earlier.

He immediately told police that he supplied her with the illicit drug, often taken in liquid form and popular with clubbers.

Describing Mackie and Miss Marsh's relationship, Judge Kamill said: "It was their habit to enhance their sex life by taking illegal drugs. Over time it was he who supplied drugs for their joint consumption.

"Miss Marsh was a lady of 33 who made up her own mind about what she wanted to do.

"The defendant has clearly suffered greatly and is remorseful."

She attacked the use of the term "recreational drug", warning: "They are illegal and they are illegal for a good reason."

Toxicology reports later found Miss Marsh died from an amount of GHB at the "lower end" normally associated with deaths from the drug.

A coroner had recorded a verdict of death by misadventure, the court heard.

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