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'If it wasn't for drug dealing scum my son would still be alive'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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A GRIEVING dad whose son died of an overdose has condemned the "scum" who sell drugs in Swansea.

James Doyle died in August last year after taking a quantity of unknown tablets.

An inquest returned a verdict of death by misadventure on the 24-year-old, who lived in Bluebell Way, Penlan.

His parents have paid tribute to their son as a kind and loving boy — and have blamed his death on the dealers who sold him drugs.

His father, Patrick, said: "If it was not for the drugs in Swansea and the scum that are selling them, I would not have to go to Morriston Cemetery three times a week to see James.

"He was a kind and loving boy, not a drug user — he would do everything for his parents and had loads of friends."

His mother, Bernadette, said he was a "lovely boy" who would help his dad in the garden and would make his parents happy when he was down.

She added: "It was some of the people around him that were the problem.

"It has not been easy getting through every day since he has gone."

An inquest into the 24-year-old's death heard evidence he had taken amphetamines, meow-meow, heroin and Valium in the hours leading up his death — but a post mortem toxicology test showed he had a fatal level of the powerful painkiller dihydrocodeine in his blood.

The court heard he had bought the tablets from "two junkies" who had taken up residence in his flat — however, the two people in question have never been identified.

Mr Doyle said he was unhappy at the police probe and that the person who sold James the tablets had not been located.

South Wales Police said the death of James Doyle had been fully investigated on behalf of the coroner, and had resulted in a misadventure verdict being returned at an inquest.

Mr Doyle also said he was unhappy at evidence the police had presented to the inquest about his family.

The hearing was told that the family lived at various addresses in Swansea "primarily due to the disruptive behaviour of the children" which "had an adverse effect upon their standing within the community".

Mr Doyle denied that was the case, and said the family had been moved by Swansea Council so as to accommodate their seven children.

A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "While we have helped the family move to more appropriate accommodation, this has been at the family's request and not instigated by the local authority."

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  • torquemada  |  November 10 2012, 11:54AM

    "What we need is drug testing equipment placed in every workplace, shop and pubs. And in centres where people sign on. This will help reduce the amount of drugs that people use." Yes, Lets give the authorities powers such as Stalin and Mao tse tung would have employed is it? What a foolish, moronic and ill informed statement from someone who is obviously a control freak But anyway, havent they got equipment such as this in prisons - and drug use is still rife. What we need to do is bring back the birch and hanging for all miscreants Be pure, be vigilant, behave

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  • torquemada  |  November 10 2012, 11:36AM

    Personally I blame the parents for not educating their son properly in the dangers of taking drugs and of mixing with evil n'er-do-wells

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  • Hadoken45676  |  November 09 2012, 6:44PM

    There are all sorts of vices in the world, while dealers are the scum of the earth, its ultimately down the individual at the end of the day to say no. Its a combination of upbringing, geneitics, social circumstances, you live in a place like penlan or any council estate and you are never going to be more than a 100 meters away from scum bags who sell or know where to score drugs. Even then, its down to you to steer clear of such people.

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  • vikkiswanz  |  November 09 2012, 5:12PM

    No-one completely free of drugs gets forced to take them for the first time by a drug dealer. taking drugs is very much a lifestyle choice

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  November 09 2012, 4:28PM

    Is this the same James Doyle? http://tinyurl.com/czrfjd5

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  • williamwaun  |  November 09 2012, 3:25PM

    If people are then detected, their names are placed into the local paper.

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  • williamwaun  |  November 09 2012, 3:24PM

    What we need is drug testing equipment placed in every workplace, shop and pubs. And in centres where people sign on. This will help reduce the amount of drugs that people use.

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  • BlancoLobo  |  November 09 2012, 3:03PM

    In the last couple of weeks I have ready many drug story's in your paper.I am totally shocked to read that drugs are available to school children for as little as 30p.This is shocking news and it just goes to show you that the police have lost their war on drugs if it is so available to young school children.I visited your city back in January and as I waited for the bus to take me back to take me to the airport in London I was approached by a young male at 2 am asking me if I needed any brown as he called it.You have such a beautiful city and it is just a shame that the police force cannot keep the streets clear of drugs especially to minors.The police cannot do this by themselves they need the community to help.Parents need to work with the police to keep your streets clear of drugs.Have drug zones at schools and playgrounds.If your child is doing drugs find out who sold him or her drugs.Report it to your local police and follow up on it making sure the seller is picked up and put away.

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  • geoboy01  |  November 09 2012, 1:53PM

    I feel for any family "including my own" who have lost loved ones to drugs not enough is being done to curb drug dealing because within 5 mins of a dealer in death is picked up by the police then another stinking scumbag replaces them!

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  • brochadav  |  November 09 2012, 12:47PM

    So sorry for your son but agree with tomitma, he could have said no, not bought drugs in the first place. Sorry to be harsh but it's my honest opinion. The police however need taking to task if they painted you in a bad light unfairly. There seems to be a lot of this going on, police making evidence fit their version so they don't look bad. If a council spokesman says you were not a problem then the police person who submitted that evidence and those who compiled it should be questioned and face disciplinary action. Bad enough to lose a son, never mind be accused of being bad parents. If the police are being less than 100% honest then what hope do we have of justice.

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