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, 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.”

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.”

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.”