New dad Mark Holgate died after being injected with heroin by friend Jake Frayne
THE fiancée of a man who was killed after his friend injected him with heroin says his killer has stolen her baby's future.
Jake Thomas Frayne, 23, has been jailed for three years after he killed his close friend Mark Holgate, 27, by injecting him with heroin.
Mark died just seven days after the birth of his daughter Mychalina on July 11 and had been on a night out with Frayne before they went back to a flat in Goole to take heroin.
Mark had asked Frayne to inject him but he overdosed despite attempts by his friend to save his life.
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Mark's fiancée Stephanie, a student child psychologist, was due to marry him at Christmas.
She said: "We had been together for two years. He had never done drugs, this was all a total shock to me.
"When they told me he had died, I felt like I had been ripped apart. I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with him and now Jake's actions have stolen my future and my daughter will never know her dad."
Frayne pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to manslaughter.
He had injected his friend with heroin and noticed he had stopped breathing.
Frayne screamed for him to wake up and a neighbour came to his aid.
Mark regained consciousness and told the pair not to call an ambulance for him.
Frayne went to bed and, when he woke up, he discovered his friend had stopped breathing again.
He rang an ambulance and tried to administer first aid but Mark was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived at the flat in Alexandra Street.
Frayne later went to the police station and confessed to injecting him with heroin.
The Crown Prosecution Service told the court that, without Frayne's confession, they would not have had enough evidence to prosecute him.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Frayne the case revealed the "appalling consequences" of drug addiction.
He said Mark had consented to being injected with heroin and knew what he was doing.
"He was a willing participant in the criminal conduct of which he was the ultimate victim," said Judge Richardson.
"You knew the risks he was taking and the unlawful conduct in which you took a clear and purposeful part.
"Courts must make it clear to individuals who participate in this dangerous activity of injecting others with heroin that they must be punished with some severity when death results.
"I'm very mindful you were open and honest with the police. The only evidence against you came from your own confession."
Mark and Stephanie were due to marry in February but postponed the wedding until after the birth of their child.
Stephanie said: "We were so happy, we'd just had a baby and I could have asked for a better dad for my baby.
"He had bought everything for her, he absolutely doted on her.
"He cut the cord when she was born and cried. He gave her the first bath and changed her first nappy.
"I don't believe he had taken drugs before, he lived with me and he never did anything like this.
"Now, my daughter will grow up never knowing her dad."
Stephanie said their daughter still won't be old enough for her to explain what happened to her father by the time Frayne is released from prison.
"I just want to protect her but I cannot save her from the day I have to sit down and tell her what Jake did," she said. "I will have to say to my daughter, 'That man killed your dad'.
"Mark had only known his daughter for one week and now she will never know him.
"We were looking forward to a life together and that's all been taken away."