Connah's Quay man denies giving fatal diamorphine injection

Published date: 06 February 2014 |
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A MAN facing a manslaughter charge has denied that he injected the deceased with diamorphine.

Gavin Smallman, 52, of Cwrt Cable, Connah’s Quay, said that he accepted that Anthony Williams had asked him to swap the class A drug for some temazepam.

But he said that he had refused and would not do so.

Giving evidence in his own defence of the trial at Mold Crown Court, Smallman said that he had bought 40 temazepam tablets from Mr Williams in the bedroom of his home.

But he had not injected Mr Williams with an ampoule of his prescription diamorphine between his finger and thumb, he told the jury.

The prosecution alleges that Smallman injected Mr Williams, 41, at his home on February 1 last year.

Prosecuting barrister Jayne La Grua has told the jury that he had a potentially lethal amount of heroin in his blood, together with a large amount of alcohol.

He also tested positive for cocaine, temazepam and a number of prescription drugs.

It is claimed by the prosecution that the deceased’s brother Stephen Williams came into the house as Smallman was leaving.

It is alleged that when Stephen Williams asked the defendant what he had given him, that the defendant replied: “I only gave him 25 mil. He asked me to put it in his jugular but I refused and put it in a vein in his thumb.”

Miss La Grua alleged that Smallman had injected him with diamorphine he had collected from the pharmacy in exchange for a quantity of temazepam tablets.

Anthony Williams collapsed almost immediately and died soon after.

Questioned by defending barrister Paul Smith, Smallman said that he has received five 100 ml ampoules of prescription diamorphine a day, together with methadone to take at night, for the last 12 years.

He also took temazepam because he enjoyed feeling relaxed and Mr Williams had called him the night before and said that he had 1,000 for sale.

In a phone call in the early hours Mr Williams had asked to swap some for an ampoule, but Smallman said that he had refused.

He claimed that Mr Williams was in such a state that he did not think he would see him in the morning, but he had seen him in Beechwood Avenue and given him a lift, with his brother driving, back to his home.

They went to a bedroom and Mr Williams had counted out the tablets but kept knocking them off the bedside table, he said.

He paid for them and left and as he went down the stairs he turned and saw Mr Williams at the top of the stairs, who lifted his hand and called out “safe, man”.

That was the last he saw of him.

Smallman said that he had not seen the deceased’s mother or brother and had certainly not told his brother he had injected him.

Cross-examined, he agreed that he failed to tell police in interview that Mr Williams had asked him to supply him with diamorphine.

He also claimed in interview that he met him by chance that morning when he said in evidence that he had arranged to meet him.

Smallman said he had been in shock. “It is not every day that you are charged with manslaughter,” he said. “I swear on everything, that when I was in the house,

Anthony did not collapse. He was fine.”

Questioned by Judge Merfyn Hughes QC, Smallman agreed that by the time of his arrest at 12.40pm he would have taken two of his five ampoules for that day.

Asked where the other three were, he said that they were at his flat.

He needed his medication before he could be interviewed, police had sent an officer to get them, but he had been told police could not find them, he said.

Smallman was asked if temazepam would help if he missed his diamorphine and he said that it would make him feel less anxious.

Smallman denies manslaughter.


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