AN UNEMPLOYED Beckenham man has appeared in court following the death of Croydon schoolboy Daniel Spargo-Mabbs after a suspected drugs overdose at a west London rave.
Daniel, a sixth-form student at Archbishop Tenison's Church of England High School, died on Monday afternoon after fighting for his life in hospital. He had been taken ill at the party in Hayes, Hillingdon, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The Met Police have now charged Ryan Kirk, aged 20, of Puffin Close, Beckenham, with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
Nicqueel Pitrora, aged 18, from Croydon, has been charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, and possession of class B drugs.
They both appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court today (January 22). They will appear at Isleworth Crown Court on February 5.
Speaking at the family home in Addiscombe on Monday, the 16-year-old schoolboy's mother Fiona said her son had reassured her on Friday night he would return home safe.
She said: "A few years ago I heard a talk by murder victim Jimmy Mizen's mum and she said that something that comforted her was that she had told Jimmy she loved him and had given him a hug and a kiss before he had left the house.
"After that I always did the same with my boys and it became an in joke. Danny always used to say "I love you too mum, I promise I won't die".
"And that's exactly what he said when he went out on Friday. He didn't keep that promise. But he didn't know - if he had known, he wouldn't have done it."
His father warned: "It could happen to anyone." Speaking at the family home in Croydon, Tim Spargo-Mabbs described his son as "a lovely, mercurial kid".
The 50-year-old 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, a fellow pupil at Archbishop Tenison's, was "traumatised" by his death.