Drug dealer who supplied cocaine and ketamine to Geordie Shore star, 27, before she fell to her death from his flat party has his sentence reviewed
- Reality star Aimee Spencer fell from a first floor window in Brighton in June 2016
- Daniel Lewis, 30, had supplied cocaine and ketamine found in her system
- He was cleared of attempted murder but investigators uncovered his nationwide business distributing Class A drugs to high-end customers
- A judge spared him jail after hearing he had ‘turned his life around’
A drug dealer whose cocaine and ketamine were found in the blood of a Geordie Shore star who died after falling from a window in his flat, will have his suspended jail sentence reviewed for being too lenient.
Aimee Spencer, 27, who had appeared in the Newcastle-based reality show, died of her injuries in June 2016 a week after partying with Daniel Lewis and his girlfriend Helen Dawson.
She fell out of a first floor window in Chichester Terrace in Brighton and passed away in the Royal Sussex County Hospital a week later.
Detectives investigating her death found a text message from Lewis to Ms Spencer which read: “Get in, get your kit off, get Helen making balloons while I’ll make a line under your nose as long as a yeti’s leg.”
Aimee Spencer, 27, died of her injuries after falling from a first floor window in Brighton in June 2016
Ms Spencer appeared on the MTV reality show Geordie Shore with regular cast member Vicky Pattison. She also previously took part in adult films and featured in the documentary The Truth About Webcam Girls
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Lewis was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after opening the door to police ‘naked and sweating profusely’, but was cleared of involvement in Ms Spencer’s fall.
However her death led police to uncover Lewis’s business selling mail order drugs to high-end clients, offering “party platters” including cocaine, ketamine, LSD, and methadone. A court heard that he boasted he made ‘f*** loads’ of money.
His trial heard that Lewis purchased drugs wholesale on the dark web then cut it for customers, and ran a business on a “nationwide scale”.
Sums totalling £20,000 had been deposited in his bank account and police seized drugs worth £15,000 at his flat.
Daniel Lewis, 30, was spared jail after a court heard he had turned his life around but the sentence is now being reviewed
Two weeks ago at Lewes Crown Court, bodybuilder Lewis admitted supplying a cocktail of class A, B and C drugs from the plush seafront pad where he had lived rent free courtesy of his wealthy grandfather’s trust fund.
He was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence by Judge Christine Laing QC, who heard that in the past year he had moved out of Brighton, got himself off drugs, and started to volunteer full-time to help an autism charity.
She said that while he faced a jail spell, the sentencing guidelines are not “tramlines” from which she cannot deviate, and ordered him to complete 300 hours of unpaid work, along with rehabilitation and a four-month curfew.
The apparent leniency of his sentence sparked outrage, and a referral has now been made to the Attorney General for being unduly lenient.
Lenient sentences can be referred by the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, or by the public, and the merits of the case must be decided within 28 days. Cases may then be referred to the Court of Appeal for re-sentencing.
Timeline: how events unfolded after Aimee Spencer’s tragic fall
July 11, 2016: Aimee Spencer, 27, suffered critical injuries after falling from a first floor window in Chichester Terrace, Brighton. She was attending a party at the home of Daniel Lewis
July 12, 2016: Daniel Lewis and his then girlfriend, now wife, Helen Dawson, were arrested by Sussex Police
July 18, 2016: Ms Spencer died of her injuries, in the Royal Sussex County Hospital
December 2016: Charges of attempted murder were dropped by police
May 8, 2017: An inquest concluded the circumstances of the fall were uncertain
November 3, 2018: At Lewes Crown Court Daniel Lewis was given a suspended jail sentence after admitting to seven counts of possessing class A, B and C drugs with intent to supply, and one count of possessing ketamine. The judge said he had ‘turned his life around’
November 13, 2018: The jail term was referred to the Attorney General for being unduly lenient
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