In the wake of the jailing of Brendon Jackson for giving Daniel Boyle a drug that led to his death, Daniel’s dad has said his family has been ‘decimated’ by what has happened.
Jackson, 28, was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court last week to three years and four months in prison having already been convicted after a trial of supplying the class A drug methadone - a heroin substitute - to his cousin Daniel.
Jackson, from Westward Deals in Kedington, was sentenced last Wednesday (Oct 2) by Judge John Devaux, who told him: “The most important aggravating feature of this case is the unnecessary loss of a life.”
Daniel’s dad Frankie Boyle, who is Jackson’s uncle, said: “At the end of the day I’m sad for all parties involved with this dreadful situation.
“It has destroyed this family. It’s decimated this family.
“In one respect Brendon Jackson can go to prison, probably get rehabilitated and hopefully sort himself out.
“What I’m hoping is that he does get a bit of remorse for what happened because every day we are going to bed and we can’t stop thinking about Daniel.
“This is a life sentence and It has destroyed us.”
Mr Boyle added that he was happy with the sentence given to Jackson, whose case was, he said, a legal precedent so the judge was unable to give a longer term.
Now that Jackson is behind bars, Mr Boyle said: “I just hope he uses this time to reflect on how damaging and serious these drugs are.”
Daniel Boyle, 24, from Haverhill had been working as a steel erector for the same Essex-based company as Jackson.
In October 2011 the cousins were members of a team working on a contract in Bristol and while staying at the Gordano Services beside the M5 it was alleged Mr Boyle had been handed a bottle of methadone by Jackson and encouraged him to drink from it.
The following morning, October 12, 2011, Mr Boyle was found dead in bed in the room he had been sharing with Jackson. Tests showed death was due to methadone toxicity.
The court heard how Jackson had been prescribed methadone to help him overcome the effects of drug taking and he had been legally supplied with it by a pharmacy in Haverhill.
Defending, Philip Farr said Jackson had expressed genuine remorse for the death of a man who was not only his cousin but also a very good friend.
Mr Farr said: “He feels responsible for the physical and emotional toll these proceedings have had on the entire family. He has decimated the entire family. There is a rift which will prove, in all probability, unhealable.”
Jackson’s own history of drug use, which he was anxious to bring to an end, had blighted his own life and led to irreparable damage to his health, leaving him facing the need for surgery to correct a heart condition, Mr Farr told the court.
Sentencing Jackson, Judge Devaux said lies told at the time of Mr Jackson’s death had led to delays in the case being properly investigated and added to the seriousness of what took place.
Daniel was a very popular figure in Haverhill and was known to many by the nickname of Dogga.
He had a passion for reggae music and, fittingly, the Bob Marley song ‘One Love’ was played at his funeral service.
He also listed Runaway Bay in Jamaica as his Facebook address.
His funeral was held very nearly two years ago and caused the closure of Withersfield Road while a cortege and some 500 mourners made their way from the service at St Mary’s Church to his burial at Haverhill Cemetery.