A father whose son died after taking steroids said he felt “totally let down” as two men who admitted supplying the pills walked free from court yesterday.
Marine cadet Matt Dear, 17, was killed by swelling of the brain after taking the drugs, but medics couldn’t prove beyond reasonable doubt that they caused it.
Garry Penny, 21, and Alexander Moss-Austin, 18, from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, got a community order with a year’s supervision, plus 160 hours’ unpaid work. Matt, also from the town, was training to try the tough entry test for the Royal Marines when he turned 18, Basildon crown court heard. He fell ill and died last April. Outside the court, dad Chris said: “We have here a kid who is super-fit. Now he is dead and they cannot tell me what killed him. It’s ridiculous.”