Teenager on Ecstasy killed friend in crash

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A teenage motorist who took the rave drug Ecstasy and then killed his friend in a head-on crash after falling asleep at the wheel was sentenced to three years' youth custody yesterday.

Mark Weatherley's front seat passenger Mark Hession, 17, died instantly in the early morning collision with a lorry.

Passing sentence, Judge Gerald Butler said Weatherley, a 19-year-old bricklayer, had a mental age of a 10-year-old and was easily led. William Bach, defending, said that Weatherley was extremely remorseful for the tragedy that had killed his friend.

Weatherley, of Amersham Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks, was also disqualified from driving for six years and ordered to retake his test.