THE drug dealer who supplied ecstasy which killed tragic Glasgow teen Chelsea Bruce has been locked up for over six years – after being described as a “posh kid” who went off the rails.
Lewis Reid committed a catalogue of offences, including drug trafficking and dangerous driving, during “a period of utter madness and chaos in his life”, a court heard.
Reid, 22, who went by the nickname of ‘Gucci’ sold the drug ecstasy to friends of Chelsea, who took the Class A substance and died.
He also hurt ex-girlfriend Codey Brown, who later took her own life, in an incident of dangerous driving with his car.
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Reid’s counsel Joe Barr told the High Court in Edinburgh that he wished to express to the family of 16-year-old Chelsea Bruce his “sincere apologies, sadness and regret” who took ill and died in Glasgow Royal Infirmary after taking the drug.
Mr Barr said Reid had instructed him to offer his deepest sympathies to the family of Codey, whose death had caused him “great personal sorrow”.
Reid had earlier admitted a total of 22 charges when he appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court committed between August 2018 and July last year. He had originally faced 48 charges.
But he was sent to the High Court because of its greater powers of sentencing.
A judge told him: “On any view there is no alternative to a substantial custodial sentence.”
Lord Arthurson said the offending included “an appalling catalogue of dangerous driving” as well as Class A drug supply.
He banned Reid from driving for nine years and ordered that he sit and pass a test before driving again.
Mr Barr said the background to Reid’s short but “pretty intense” offending stemmed from emotional and social pressures going back to his school days and early teenage years.
He said that Reid, from Bridge of Weir, in Renfrewshire, came from “a relatively wealthy, successful and supportive background”.
He said his mother had wished him to be sent to a private school but his father had favoured a local authority school for his son.
Mr Barr said: “As a result of that he found he was very quickly singled out as what he has described to me as a ‘posh kid’ and found himself being bullied.”
The defence counsel said that Reid, a prisoner in Glasgow’s Barlinnie jail, began to associate with his persecutors and started doing drugs, beginning with cannabis but moved on to ecstasy.
Mr Barr said that at one stage Reid had successfully applied for a young entrepreneur’s start up loan and was awarded £25,000, but lost part of the money when a friend asked him for cash help because of a drug debt.
He said that Reid himself also ran up a £1600 drug debt and was told he would have to repay it or work it off.
“He maintains that he was threatened he was going to be stabbed,” said the defence counsel.
“As a result he began selling drugs on behalf of those to whom he owed money to repay the debt,” he told the court.
Mr Barr said: “He views this as a period of utter madness and chaos in his life that he wants to put behind him.”
In August 2018 Reid turned up at Miss Brown’s home in Kilmarnock, in Ayrshire, in his car. She left the house and was leaning in a passenger window when they had a heated discussion.
Without warning Reid accelerated hard and sped off and she was caught off guard and was thrown into the air. She suffered a fractured wrist and stitches were put in a cut in her head. Reid admitted causing her injury by dangerous driving.
The popular dance student was found dead months later.
During other incidents of dangerous driving Reid was seen driving at speeds of up to 120 mph as the police chased him.
In the course of a pursuit that began on the B7038 Fenwick to Kilmarnock road on October 26 in 2018 he was seen with his arm out the driver’s window with his mobile phone in his hand and appeared to be filming the police chase.
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In July last year Weir sold ecstasy to a teenage friend of Miss Bruce after it was made known through Snapchat that ‘Gucci’ was selling Mandy _ crystallised MDMA – for £70 for seven grams.
Miss Bruce began to fit and lost consciousness after taking the drug at a house in Glasgow. She could not be revived and died as a consequence of the consumption of the illegal substance.
Reid admitted supplying the drug to a teenage friend of Miss Bruce who also needed medical help along with another youth after they took ecstasy.
Back in November, we exclusively revealed that Reid was still pushing high purity cocaine from his Snapchat account, despite being locked up.
We also told how the brute backed a TRNSMT festival tribute to tragic teen Chelsea – days after she died from taking his drugs.
The 22-year-old joined the schoolgirl’s pals in a social media bid for a song dedication from Catfish and the Bottlemen.
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