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Suspended sentence Belfast man sentenced for supplying party drug GBL at 'chemsex' party he hosted

Thompson also admitted to buying a five litre container of the substance online


A Belfast man who hosted ‘chemsex’ parties has been sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years.

Andrew David Thompson (37), of Grand Parade, was charged with three offences, after a male at one of Thompson’s parties died in November 2019.

This death led police to search his property.

The PSNI were called to the property in the early hours of November 30 where they found drugs had been used.

The Crown took the case that Thompson had supplied some of the drugs at the party, even though some people there had brought their own.

A witness later said they had been offered the Class C drug Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL) at the party, while others told police they had been offered the drug in shot glasses.

GBL is known as a ‘date rape’ drug, but is also popular at chemsex parties.

Police seized Thompson’s phone which contained messages indicating he had been selling GBL over a period of 14 months.

He later admitted buying a five-litre container of GBL online and supplying it, suggesting he initially thought it was legal.

Thompson pleaded guilty to possessing GBL between October 28 and December 1, 2019. He also admitted offering to supply GBL on November 30 and being concerned in the supply of GBL between August 18, 2018, and December 1, 2019.

Judge Neil Rafferty warned Thompson of the consequences should he come to the attention of the police during the period of his suspended sentence.

The mother of the deceased man attended the sentencing at Belfast Crown Court via video link and said she hoped that lessons had been learned and that she hoped Thompson would no longer host parties of that nature.

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Thompson and his solicitor also appeared via video link, with his solicitor saying his client offered his sympathies to the grieving mother, adding that it would not “happen again”.

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