Essex teenager saw friend ‘writhing around’ and hallucinating after taking drug, court hears

The drugs were allegedly bought near a roundabout near Hawkins Road, Colchester. Picture: GOOGLE MAP

The drugs were allegedly bought near a roundabout near Hawkins Road, Colchester. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS - Credit: Archant

A teenager has described how one of his friends began hallucinating and “writhing around” on the ground shortly after taking a psychoactive drug.

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER - Credit: Archant

Giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court the witness, who was 17, said that after purchasing a bag containing what they thought was cannabis he and three friends had rolled half the contents of the bag into a joint with some tobacco.

He said the drug looked like cannabis and smelled like cannabis but after taking a few puffs he had started feeling “queasy” and advised his friends not to have any.

However, they wanted to try it and shortly afterwards a 16-year-old girl had started hallucinating and writhing around on the ground while a 15-year-old girl began hallucinating and screaming on the ground before falling silent.

He said he and the two girls were sick but another male in the group had not been affected in the same way.


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He said that an ambulance was called and he had thrown the joint under a bin. He had later shown police where he had left it and when it was examined it was found to contain the psychoactive man made substance “Spice”.

Before the court is Shaun Wilson, 40, of Berberis Walk, Colchester, who has denied supplying a psychoactive substance on September 22, 2016.

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The court heard that the 16-year-old girl had allegedly contacted Wilson to buy drugs while she was with three friends in Colchester.

The girl, who had allegedly bought drugs from Wilson before, arranged to meet him near a roundabout near Hawkins Road.

She allegedly gave him £7 for a bag of what she thought was cannabis.

She and her friends went to an area near some bins where they rolled half the contents of the bag into a joint.

The two girls, the 17-year-old youth and another male had a few drags each but within a short term the girls suffered a serious reaction and passers by called an ambulance, the court heard.

The girls were taken to hospital suffering from fits and the 15-year-old was put in an induced coma in intensive care. They both later recovered.

The case continues.

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