Two teenage boys spared jail after supplying MDMA that killed 15-year-old girl

Hannah Bragg died after taking the drug in a field with friends (Picture: SWNS)

Two teenage boys have been spared jail after supplying MDMA that killed a 15-year-old girl in Devon.

Hannah Bragg died after overdosing on the drug, in the form of ecstasy, at a gathering with friends in Tavistock on June 23, 2018.

Two youths, aged 16 and 17, appeared at Plymouth Crown Court on Friday where they admitted supplying class A drugs.

The 17-year-old boy from Tavistock was given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and ordered to do 50 hours unpaid work.

The 16-year-old boy from Yelverton was given a 24-month youth rehabilitation order and ordered to do 70 hours unpaid work.

He alone was also charged with supplying ecstasy, known as MDMA, to Hannah on the date she died.

Flowers have outside of the Tavistock College in Devon, in tribute to Hannah Bragg (Picture: SWNS)

The judge acknowledged he had to sentence the boys based on the age they were when the incident occurred which was 14 and 15 years old.

The teenagers, who cannot be named due to their age, bought the drugs on the 'dark web'.

The youngest person said to have been supplied with drugs was just 12 at the time.

On the day of Hannah's death, she had taken MDMA with the 16-year-old boy near a disused viaduct in Tavistock before Hannah became unwell and suffered a seizure.

Extensive phone work carried out by detectives on the defendant’s phone showed that he had carried out several internet searches asking what to do with someone who was having a seizure.

After some time searching the internet and contacting a friend, he dialled 999.

Hannah Bragg was a keen horserider (Picture: SWNS)

Emergency services attended the scene and Hannah was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.


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Karen Bragg, 51, said her daughter’s tragic death should act as a warning to other youngsters thinking of taking drugs.

She said: "If it can happen to Hannah, it can happen to anyone.

"We want them to think 'Hannah took this and she died. Am I prepared for what could happen?'"

Two teenagers were sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court to youth rehabilitation orders (Picture: SWNS)

Following the sentencing, the Bragg family released a statement.

It read: “Our daughter Hannah was very well behaved. She played rugby, was a keen horse rider and was very active. She had lots of friends and had a good life.

“If this can happen to her, it can happen to your child too and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through the nightmare we as a family have over the past 19 months. 

“It has totally devastated us and is something that we will never come to terms with.”

Case Officer Detective Constable Craig Ferguson added: “These events led to a subsequent police investigation which unearthed the boy’s actions in procuring and dealing the drugs to local young people and children, one of whom was just 12 years of age."