Man Faces Prison over Ecstasy Death at Party

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Byline: CAMPBELL THOMAS

A DRUG dealer was yesterday convicted of killing a young man who died after being told to help himself from a pile of Ecstasy tablets at a party.

Richard Bunyan, 21 , dumped 100 pills on a table and invited his fellow guests to indulge, a court heard yesterday.

Lifeguard Scott McSephney, 20, was one of six people who fell ill at the party in his home town of Dalmellington, Ayrshire, after taking the Ecstasy.

The youngsters were taken to Ayr Hospital, but doctors were unable to save Mr McSephney.

Last night Bunyan was facing jail after admitting culpable homicide by recklessly supplying Ecstasy 'in a lethal quantity,' killing Mr McSephney and endangering the health, safety and lives of a number of friends.

At the High Court at Kilmarnock , advocate depute Alan Mackenzie told how the youngsters had gathered at a house being used as a drinking den in Bellsbank, Dalmellington in December, 2003. Mr McSephney, who had plans to marry, was among them, having promised his mother he would not be late home.

But during the evening, he and five others took ill and were rushed to hospital after taking the Ecstasy. The young victim died shortly after midnight.

Bunyan, of Bellsbank, was cleared of being concerned in supplying class-A drugs at the house, in Dalmellington's Doon Tavern and elsewhere.

The judge, Lord Hodge, deferred sentence for background reports and continued Bunyan's bail for sentencing at a later date. …