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Two jailed for death of schoolgirl prostitute

Published in The Herald Scotland
2nd July 1997

West Midlands
TWO men were jailed for 10 years yesterday for the manslaughter of Lucy Burchell, a teenager who turned to prostitution after watching the ITV series Band of Gold. Lucy, 16, died after taking an overdose of heroin.

Tahir Khan, 26, from Saltley, Birmingham, and Rungzabe Khan, 25, of Hodge Hill, Birmingham, were both also convicted at the city's Crown Court of supplying heroin to Lucy, and possession with intent to supply.

Mr Justice McKinnon told them: ''You are both, in a real sense, evil young men, actively engaged in the wicked trade of heroin dealing.'' He explained that the conviction for manslaughter was ''by omission'' because they failed to summon medical help for Lucy after she went into a coma.

''You both knew that, but you callously and unlawfully left her in that state, taking no steps at all to summon any help, whether medical or otherwise. 'Not content with that, you dumped the poor girl's body in some undergrowth by a wall by the Tower Ballroom and sought to conceal it.''

The judge said they had both pled guilty to conspiracy to prevent burial of Lucy's body and imposed four-year concurrent terms on both men for that. He jailed them for five years for manslaughter by omission between August 15 and August 20, 1996. He sentenced them to four years for supplying a Class A drug to Lucy.


Dealers fed overdose to victim, jury told

Published in The Daily Mirror
19th June 1997

West Midlands
A Schoolgirl was murdered by two heroin dealers after being lured into a life of vice by watching TV's Band of Gold, a court heard yesterday. Bright 16-year-old Lucy Burchell was allegedly fed a massive overdose of 80 per cent pure heroin when the pair picked her up for sex. She lapsed into a coma as she lay on a bed. And the killers left her to die, the jury were told. Lucy began working on the streets in February last year while still attending school and preparing for her GCSE exams.

She got the idea from the hit ITV series which starred Samantha Morton as a teenaged hooker.

Lucy, who bleached her brown hair blonde after becoming a vice girl, was picked up outside the Dog and Partridge pub in Walsall, West Midlands, last August 15. She was driven to a Birmingham flat where Tahir Khan, 26, and his friend Rungzabe Khan, 25, gave her the heroin, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

Their motives could only be guessed at, said the prosecutor. They may have been trying to make her helpless, get her hooked - or carrying out a callous experiment to test the effects of nearly pure heroin.

Junkies normally use the drug at 60 per cent strength. Lucy received 10 times the dose given medically for pain relief - administered orally, rather than the usual methods of injecting or snorting. She was not a heroin addict. But the two men were experienced drug dealers who would have known the effect of the fatal dose, said the prosecutor.

Both men allegedly left her to die in the rented house near where her body was found dumped five days later.


Emotional scenes at funeral of murdered prostitute

Published in The Herald
26th October 1996

THE boyfriend of murdered prostitute Jacqueline Gallagher broke down at her funeral yesterday as she was finally laid to rest at a quiet Paisley cemetery. As the mourners turned to leave the young woman's graveside, Mr Gordon Fraser fell to his knees and wept uncontrollably over her coffin. He had to be helped away by Ms Gallagher's stepfather, who himself struggled to remain composed.

The 26-year-old's battered body was found almost four months ago dumped in a layby off the A814 near Bowling, Dunbartonshire. Despite an intense police investigation into the brutal murder, the killer remains at large.

Almost 70 mourners attended the moving service in the town's Oakshaw Trinity Church before the burial at nearby Hawkhead Cemetery.

In his sermon, the Rev Ian Currie spoke of the ``shock, suddenness, and the brutality'' of her death as he asked the mourners not to make ``moral judgments'' about her lifestyle. ``In a way, this is a crime which makes victims of us all,'' he said. ``It puts those who worked beside Jacqui in fear, it reminds the rest of us just how uncaring our society can be when it places women in situations where this kind of hideous murder can take place.

``Jacqueline was generous and likeable, much loved by her family and friends. A young woman who enjoyed music, who was pretty and small and vulnerable. A young woman who found herself a victim of drugs and, at the end,this woman, young, pretty, small, and vulnerable, was the victim of a brutal murder.''