Police in Amsterdam report that they have a man in custody over the deaths of two young Devon men who died from sniffing white heroin they thought was cocaine. He handed himself in to police in Amsterdam recently after the deaths of Bradley Price, aged 20, and Shaun Brotherston, 21, last November.
The man, known in court as Flip S, aged 42, appeared in court in the Netherlands on Thursday where it was decided he should remain in custody pending investigation. The Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam has put charges including murder, alleging that Flip S knew the drug he was selling as cocaine was white heroin and would therefore prove lethal.
Flip S turned himself in after recognising CCTV images released by police after the deaths of three British and three Danish tourists – including the two lads from Plymouth. The 42-year-old is now suspected of involvement in 15 cases where bad drugs were sold.
The Public Prosecutor in Amsterdam has put charges including murder, alleging that Flip S knew the drug he was selling as cocaine was white heroin and would therefore prove lethal. Flip S says he was only involved in one case, involving a sale to three Danish tourists who died. Forensic tests have shown the drug that killed the Danish tourists was chemically identical to that that killed the two men from Plymouth.
Flip S's lawyer Gerald Roethof told the court S denies the charges and there are a number of points to prove his innocence.
Last November, Bradley Price, aged 20, and Shaun Brotherston, 21, travelled to the Netherlands to celebrate Shaun's 21st birthday. The bodies of Bradley and Shaun – former students of Tamarside Community College, now Marine Academy Plymouth – were found in their hotel room. It is believed they had bought and consumed the drug shortly after their arrival on November 22. Their bodies were not found until midday on November 25.
Around 20 more foreigners fell unwell in Amsterdam, including three Danes this year, after inhaling heroin, thinking it was cocaine, detectives in the Dutch capital said.
The North Devon Journal/July 14, 2015
Suspect in White Heroin Deaths of Two Devon Men Held in Amsterdam