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Ashford man Jason Wilkes appears at Canterbury Crown Court charged with killing daughter Chloe Wilkes after MDMA drugs death

By Sian Napier

A father has appeared in court today accused of killing his 17-year-old daughter who died after taking the ecstasy-style MDMA drug.

Jason Wilkes, 44, is charged with the manslaughter of Chloe Wilkes and supplying class A drugs.

He appeared at Canterbury Crown Court this afternoon and was remanded in custody until November 3, when he is expected to enter pleas.

Teenager Chloe Wilkes died after taking MDMA
Teenager Chloe Wilkes died after taking MDMA

Wearing an open-necked blue shirt and dark trousers, Wilkes was expressionless in the dock as he spoke only to confirm his name.

He was arrested after Chloe's death on July 27 at their home in Tunbridge Way, Ashford. The popular teenager had taken MDMA.

An inquest into her death heard she felt unwell and collapsed. Chloe was rushed to the William Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, where she died later that day.

Chloe Wilkes having fun on the beach
Chloe Wilkes having fun on the beach

Friends of the former North School pupil took to social media to express their shock and heartache. Chloe left The North School last year.

Executive head teacher Jon Whitcombe 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 will be resumed at a later date, when more evidence will be heard and a conclusion reached as to the cause of death.

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