Dad gave son fatal dose of drug at Leeds flat

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A man collapsed and died after being given the drug methadone by his father to help him sleep, a court heard.

Mark Cronian, 37, suffered a fatal reaction after being given two capfuls of the class A drug by his father John, 59, at his flat in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cronian was “devastated” and sobbing when police arrived at his then home on Gilbert Close, Kirkstall, on December 16 last year. He told officers: “I gave him some methadone to help him sleep. He asked for it and I gave it to him.”

Prosecutor Tim Butters described the incident as a “tragic case.” Cronian, now of Latchmere Gardens, West Park, was given an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to supplying a class A drug. The court heard Mr Cronian had been drinking and had taken other drugs. He may have died because his body had no tolerance to the drug. Mr Butters said: “It would seem that the cause of death is inconclusive and could have been contributed to by at least five factors. Therefore it would seem that when advice was taken as to whether to charge this defendant with manslaughter there was no reasonable prospect of conviction given the variables that were encountered with the toxicology report. This defendant should be sentenced on the basis of what he has been charged with, merely supplying the methadone.”

Recorder Simon Kealey told Cronian: “I have seen for myself this morning the obvious effects this tragic case has had on you.”