Leigh Park man appears in court on drug supply charges after Mutiny Festival deaths probe

A MAN arrested by police who investigated drug dealing after the death of two people at Mutiny Festival has appeared in court over drug supply offences.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 4:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 1:55 pm

Lee Harvey, 22, of Owlesbury Grove, Leigh Park, did not enter any pleas having been charged for three offences of supplying class A drugs when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The defendant, dressed in a suit, only spoke to confirm his name before his lawyer Lian Webster told the court her client would not be entering pleas to the offences at the hearing.

It is alleged Harvey was dealing cocaine and ketamine between April 3, 2017, and May 29, 2018.

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He is also charged with supplying MDMA between April 3, 2017 and May 29 last year.

The case was sent to Portsmouth Crown Court on February 24 for a pre-trial hearing. Magistrates granted Harvey unconditional bail.

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Police previously said the charges did not directly relate to Mutiny.

Meanwhile, four other people arrested in the wake of 20-year-old Tommy Cowan and 18-year-old Georgia Jones’ deaths have been told they face no further action.

Inquests previously heard the pair died after taking ‘Silver Audi’ MDMA pills on May 26, the first day of the 2018 festival, held in King George V Playing Fields.

Dad-of-one Tommy was praised as a ‘brilliant’ dad by his own father Damian Cowan. Care worker Georgia’s mother Janine Milburn launched a drugs campaign following her daughter’s death.

Hampshire police previously said two men, a 21-year-old from Waterlooville and a 22-year-old from Havant, have been released with no action. They had been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

A 23-year-old woman from Waterlooville arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class A drug was also released with no further action.