Tributes to man (29) who died after taking MDMA
FRIENDS, former employers and a childhood girlfriend of a 29-year-old man who died after having a ‘severe reaction’ to MDMA have paid tribute to him after his name and picture were released.
Ashleigh Thomas Green, who worked for pest control firm Pestokill, died in hospital on Monday after paramedics were called to an address in St Helier in the early hours of Sunday.
His death came days after authorities warned that a super-strength version of the class-A drug, branded with a Skype logo, was circulating in the Island. His death has not been directly linked to the extra strong batch.
A former girlfriend of the animal lover and keen skateboarder has described Mr Green as a ‘kind, loving person’.
Tiesha Lee (29), who went to school with Mr Green at Grainville, said: ‘Me and him went to school together, and were also girlfriend and boyfriend for a bit as teens. He was such a kind, loving person. I never in a million years would have thought I’d be writing such a statement regarding his passing.
‘My thoughts go out to Ashleigh’s family and all who knew him. It’s just such a tragedy. Me, him and his friends shared such an amazing childhood together. Taken too young. Forever in our hearts.’
Frank Raimbault, owner of Pestokill, who employed Mr Green said: ‘He worked hard. His heart was always in the right place and he always did whatever was asked of him. He had been working with us for about a year and was working up until last week. It was very, very sad to hear the news.
‘It was a bit of a shock and a real shock for the guy who works alongside him. He was really cut up. He was doing a qualification in pest control and to hear the news was a shock. He was a kind and hard-working person.’
Former Island footballer Ricky Weir, who runs the Jersey2Africa4Football charity, said that he had employed Mr Green in his temporary charity shop through the Back to Work scheme.
‘That was back in 2013 or 2014. He was very passionate in his work, helped us with a number of different things and helped the shop get off the ground.
‘He was very nice and a likeable lad who subsequently went on to get a job at Sports Direct and I am quite proud of that – how we helped him to get back into the job market.
‘I saw him a couple of months ago and we said hi as we were passing but that was it really.’
He added: ‘To lose someone at any age is terrible but to think that he was 29, the age of my eldest son, puts it into perspective. It is a tragedy.’
Demi Cavey said that she had socialised with him on a number of occasions in Howard Davis Park and described him as the ‘kindest and sweetest guy’.
‘It has been a few years since we have spoken properly, as life happens and friendships drift apart, but he would always stop to say hello when we did bump into each other.
‘It is truly sad that he’s been taken so soon and he will be missed so much by everyone who had the pleasure to know him,’ she said.
Investigations following Mr Green’s death uncovered a ‘significant quantity’ of cannabis resin and MDMA at the address where he fell ill, the States police have said.
A 44-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply in connection with the drugs. They have since been released on police bail while investigations continue.