Halifax man jailed for role in woman’s drug death

Jailed: Daniel Kedge,  of Carlton Terrace in Halifax,
Jailed: Daniel Kedge, of Carlton Terrace in Halifax,
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A Halifax man who supplied a woman with a dose of heroin which ultimately killed her has been jailed.

Daniel Kedge, who provided the heroin to Natasha Johnson, aged 21, was jailed for 16 months after being found guilty of supplying Class A drugs. He was cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Jailed: Claire Johnson

Jailed: Claire Johnson

And Ntasha’s mother Claire Johnson, aged 41, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment having admitted manslaughter by gross negligence and at Leeds Crown Court today (Monday).

Leeds Crown court heard Natasha’s friend Daniel Kedge, 41, went out to buy drugs and took heroin before allowing Natasha to inject herself at Claire’s Scarborough home.

The drug had an immediate effect on Natasha and she collapsed and began struggling for breath.

She was helped on to a sofa and put in the recovery position before her mother went to bed leaving her daughter unresponsive on the sofa.

Claire Johnson had a duty of care to Natasha which she quite clearly breached when she failed to call an ambulance for her when she collapsed after taking heroin.

Hours later, Johnson went downstairs and put a towel over Natasha. Later that morning she returned downstairs to find her daughter dead.

A medical expert concluded that had immediate medical assistance been sought, Natasha’s chances of survival would have been high.

Det Sgt Jonathan Sygrove, of Scarborough CID, said: “Claire Johnson had a duty of care to Natasha which she quite clearly breached when she failed to call an ambulance for her when she collapsed after taking heroin.

“It must have been obvious that Natasha was in urgent need of medical attention when she collapsed and became unresponsive, and Johnson has never given a proper explanation as to why she didn’t get help.

“This was a tragic end to a young life which could most probably have been avoided if the person who was with Natasha in her hour of need had acted in a correct and responsible manner.”

Mr Sygrove added: “If someone you are with has taken drugs and is showing signs of overdose, it is important to call an ambulance straight away.

“You shouldn’t worry about the police attending, the ambulance staff will only call officers if there are any suspicious circumstances or if they require our support.

“Time is a crucial factor in overdose cases and any delay in calling for medical assistance could be the difference between life and death.”

Johnson, of Market Way, Scarborough, was jailed for two years and eight months after admitting manslaughter by gross negligence. Kedge, of Carlton Terrace in Halifax, was cleared of manslaughter but convicted of supplying Class A drugs and jailed for 16 months.