On 15 August 1996, 15-year-old Lucy Burchell went to a flat in Saltley, Birmingham, and died there on the following day.
Her body was found five days later on waste ground in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Lucy had bought heroin from drug dealers, Rungzabe and Tahir Khan. The amount that she took was 10 times the recommended therapeutic dosage, and twice the amount likely to be taken by an experienced heroin user. The Khans were with her when she took the drug and gave her no advice that might have saved her life.
At the Khans' trial it was decided that this was probably the first occasion on which she had taken heroin. It would soon have been obvious that she was in need of medical attention. However, the Khans left the flat leaving Lucy alone and comatose.
On 16 August, the Khans returned and found her dead. At this point they burned the mattress on which she had been lying, together with most of her clothing and disposed of her body on waste ground.
On 31 August 1996, the home of the parents of Rungzabe and Tahir Khan was searched by the police and drugs, a handgun and ammunition were found.
At the trial it was conceded Lucy died as a result of taking an overdose of heroin, and that if medical assistance had been summoned at any time prior to her death the probability is that she would have lived.
The Khans were, originally, indicted for murder, but the Judge upheld the defence submission that there was no case to answer as to this charge. He told Birmingham Crown Court that the jury would only be allowed to consider a charge of manslaughter. Consequently, Tahir Khan was sentenced to ten years for manslaughter and related charges.
The manslaughter sentence was quashed at the Court of Appeal and a sentence of six years instituted in its place.
Rungzabe Khan was sentenced to 3.5 years for manslaughter and related charges. The manslaughter charge was quashed at the Court of Appeal and he was freed.
Lucy took up prostitution in Walsall, having been fascinated and seduced by the television series 'Band of Gold.'
After watching it she decided that selling herself would be a good way to earn money. This is where we are now. This is what the politicians and the media darlings have done to the youth of this country.
This is Lucy: