13-year-old Suffolk boy was ‘given cocktail of drugs’, court is told

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A 13-year-old boy was taken to hospital and given treatment to slow his heart rate down after he was allegedly given a cocktail of drugs by a Suffolk man, a court has heard.

The teenager’s mother, who thought he had been staying with a friend, went to Toby Mulholland’s flat in Park Road, Lowestoft and allegedly found him holding her son up by his collar, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

She took the boy home and then dialled 999 for her son to be taken to hospital, where he was given drugs to reduce and stabilise his heart rate, said Christopher Morgan, prosecuting.

“His heart was racing,” added Mr Morgan.

He claimed that while the boy was visiting Mulholland’s flat in June last year he saw the 29-year-old injecting himself with drugs and asked if he could try them.

Mulholland had then allegedly put amphetamine and Mephedrone in a syringe and the boy injected them separately 45 minutes apart with no ill effects.

The court was told the boy had then allegedly asked Mulholland to mix a cocktail of the two drugs in a syringe and the boy injected himself with them.

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Mr Morgan said: “The defendant is the adult and he could have refused a 13-year-old boy’s request to mix the drugs up.”

He said that after the boy had taken the combination of the drugs he had started to feel dizzy, had difficulty focusing and was sweating. Mulholland allegedly left his flat and a man who returned to the flat with him described the boy as having wide eyes and appearing to be intoxicated.

Mulholland, 29, has denied supplying amphetamine and Mephedrone to the boy and administering amphetamine and Mephedrone to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

He has also denied stealing money during a burglary at the boy’s home while his mother was at the hospital with him.

Cross examined by defence counsel Jamie Sawyer, the boy denied a suggestion that he had got the drugs from someone else and not Mulholland.

He also denied he was blaming Mulholland for giving him drugs because he knew it was wrong to take drugs. The trial continues.

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