Dad charged with manslaughter of 17-year-old daughter ‘after supplying MDMA that killed her’
Jason Wilkes, 44, has appeared in court following the death of his daughter Chloe who collapsed at home in Ashford, Kent, and later died in hospital
SWNSCharged: Chloe Wilkes’ dad will appear at Cantebury Crown Court on August 18
A dad has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of his 17-year-old daughter who died after taking ecstasy at home.
Jason Wilkes, 44, has also been charged with conspiracy to supply the drug, also known as MDMA, following the death of tragic Chloe.
She was found collapsed at the semi-detached home she shared with her family in Ashford, Kent, on July 27.
The teen was taken to the William Harvey Hospital but pronounced dead later the same day.
Wilkes appeared before magistrates in Folkestone, Kent, on July 29 where he was remanded in custody to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on August 18.
Shocked friends have paid tribute to the ‘sweet’ teenager.
Around 300 friends and relatives have joined a Facebook group in her memory called ‘Chloe Wilkes! Little angel who’s now in good hands! We all miss you!’
Tiffany King, who set up the page, posted: “Night Wilkes, have a nice time up there won’t ya!
“Will never forget ya and just thinking about our old childhood memories in the garden and toy room – funny times! Think I will dig out the old baby photos of us on the bouncy castle!
“Miss you loads can’t believe this is really happening.”
Luke Payne wrote: “RIP. Can’t stop thinking about you.
“I miss you so much, can’t believe I won’t ever see you again. I love u so much! You will never be forgotten.”
Hayley Anne Powell wrote: “Been thinking of you today Chlo just like every other day, still can’t actual get my head round that your now in a beautiful place called heaven + watching over us all so sad + such a shock to many.
“I love you always our gorgeous angel you’ll never be forgotten not ever. You’ve got so much support and love behind you, your an amazing character. Keep resting peacefully princess. We all love you!xxxx”
Rhiannon Leah Hamilton wrote: “This time last week my world fell beneath my me. You are dearly missed beautiful. To be honest babe.
Still hasn’t sunk in. I hope your okay up there bby! Sleep tight – love you and miss you always
Group members have been selling candles and collecting donations to give to Chloe’s family.
Jon Whitcombe, head of The North School in Ashford where Chloe studied up until last year, said: “These are a desperately sad set of circumstances and our thoughts are with family and friends at this most difficult of times.”
The inquest into Chloe’s death has been opened in Folkestone and adjourned to a later date.