Thursday, September 10, 2020

Teen Accused Of Killing Girl, 13, 'Said She Died In His Arms After Giving Her Ecstasy'

Callum Owens, 19, denies killing Grace Handling by giving her Ecstacy but the High Court in Glasgow has heard evidence from a friend about text messages he sent allegedly admitting he 'killed a c*** man'.






Callum Owens' face can be seen after prosecutors closed their case against him at the High Court in Glasgow.


Callum Owens is accused of killing a 13-year-old girl by supplying her with ecstasy.



Grace Handling had been warned about the dangers of the drug.


The teenager accused of killing 13-year-old Grace Handling told a friend he gave her Ecstasy pills and she died in his arms, a court has heard.




Callum Owens, 19, denies the culpable homicide of Grace at his home in Arran Place, Irvine, on June 28, 2018, by supplying her with Ecstasy.

His friend Alisha McLean, 18, from Stevenson, told the High Court in Glasgow that she received messages from Owens on Facebook messenger at 2.58pm on June 29, 2018.

She claims he began by saying: “Oft I'm going probably never coming back.”

Minutes later he allegedly revealed: “Killed a c*** man.”


Grace Handling died aged 13.




Ms McLean asked Owens "how" and he replied: “They chocked on their sick in my gaff,” the court heard.

She then wrote "U never killed them then," and Owens allegedly told her: “I gave her the pills tho.”

The jury heard that Owens begged his friend not to hate him and said the death had scarred him.

Owens, when asked who was dead in his house, was said to have replied: “Wee Grace Handling.”

He added: “Tried to give her CPR and everything she actually died in my arms. It's all my fault. I'm surprised I'm no greeting yet. She was just a wee lassie.”

Ms McLean told Owens: “It wasn't you tho she took it.”




Grace had taken ecstasy.

She then suggested that Owens should phone the police and claim he found her lying outside his house.



Later on in the chat, Owens stated: “I feel asleep and she choked on her whitey. It's all my fault.”

Defence QC Donald Findlay asked Ms McLean: “Is whitey vomit?”

Ms McLean said: “Yes.”

Mr Findlay then asked: “Does he say that he fell asleep and his impression is she had choked in some way and he thought she was dead. He started to do something about it, but there was nothing he could do because he was dead?”

Ms McLean replied: “Yes.”

Grace's sister Danielle Handling, 20, told the court she and her mum warned her about the dangers of ecstasy in February 2018 - four months before her death.

The chat took place after one of Grace's friends was admitted to hospital after taking Ecstasy.

Ms Handling said: "Me and my mum gave her a hard time about taking them and she stopped taking them."



Defence counsel Donald Findlay asked Miss Handling if she thought Grace had stopped taking the drug.

She said: "Yes, I was sure she stopped taking it."

The court heard Ms Handling contacted Owens on Facebook messenger on the morning of June 29 to ask if he knew where she was.

Owens told her they were together the night before, but denied knowing her whereabouts.

He said: "She was at mine, I left about 9 and so did she, dunno where she went."

The trial before Lord Matthews continues.

The 19-year-old is accused of the culpable homicide of Grace Handling in Irvine, Ayrshire in June 2018.

He denies the charge and the trial before Lord Matthews will continue this afternoon.

The court heard yesterday that Owens allegedly told a pal she died in his arms.



He is alleged to have contacted his mate to say Grace had choked on her own vomit at his home, before adding: "I gave her the pills."

His friend Alisha McLean, 18, told the court she'd received the messages the day after Grace passed away.

Prosecutor Alex Prentice QC showed her a copy of a text that read: "Tried to give her CPR and she actually died in my arms."

When Ms McLean asked Owens who he was talking about, he allegedly replied: "Wee Grace Handling. It's all my fault.

"I'm surprised I'm no greeting yet. She was just a wee lassie."

The witness agreed with Owens' defence lawyer, Donald Findlay QC, that when he had found Grace lifeless, "he started to do something about it, but there was nothing he could do because she was dead".

A girl of 15, who can't be named for legal reasons, told the court she spoke to Grace on the phone around 8pm on June 28 — the night she died.

She told Mr Prentice: "She couldn't get any of her words out, she was slurring her words.

"She told me she took three blue pills. I knew she meant ecstasy.

"She said she was at home but I could tell she wasn't."

The youngster said in evidence that Grace "wouldn't tell" her where she got the drugs.

The schoolgirl — who claimed Grace had taken ecstasy "a few times" — said she later tried to reach her friend by text and phone to make sure she was safe but got no reply.



Grace's sister Danielle Handling, 20, told the court she and her mum warned the youngster about the dangers of ecstasy four months before her death because one of her pals was admitted to hospital after taking the drug.

She added: "Me and my mum gave her a hard time about taking them and she stopped."

The court heard Danielle contacted Owens on Facebook Messenger on the morning of June 29 to ask if he knew where her sister was.

She claimed that Owens replied: "She was at mine, I left about 9 and so did she, dunno where she went."

Earlier, Grace's mum Lorraine Handling, 47, said that her daughter self-harmed and had an alcohol problem.

Owens, of Irvine, Ayrshire, denies culpable homicide by recklessly and unlawfully supplying a lethal drug to Grace. Prosecutors claim the schoolgirl ingested the drug to the danger of her health, safety and life and died as a consequence of this and Owens killed her.



He's also accused of being concerned in the supply of ecstasy in Irvine and at Largs train station from June 25 to 29, 2018. The trial before Lord Matthews continues.


Tributes were left for Grace after her death.