'If it wasn't for drug dealing scum my son would still be alive'
A GRIEVING dad whose son died of an overdose has condemned the "scum" who sell drugs in Swansea.
James Doyle died in August last year after taking a quantity of unknown tablets.
An inquest returned a verdict of death by misadventure on the 24-year-old, who lived in Bluebell Way, Penlan.
His parents have paid tribute to their son as a kind and loving boy — and have blamed his death on the dealers who sold him drugs.
His father, Patrick, said: "If it was not for the drugs in Swansea and the scum that are selling them, I would not have to go to Morriston Cemetery three times a week to see James.
"He was a kind and loving boy, not a drug user — he would do everything for his parents and had loads of friends."
His mother, Bernadette, said he was a "lovely boy" who would help his dad in the garden and would make his parents happy when he was down.
She added: "It was some of the people around him that were the problem.
"It has not been easy getting through every day since he has gone."
An inquest into the 24-year-old's death heard evidence he had taken amphetamines, meow-meow, heroin and Valium in the hours leading up his death — but a post mortem toxicology test showed he had a fatal level of the powerful painkiller dihydrocodeine in his blood.
The court heard he had bought the tablets from "two junkies" who had taken up residence in his flat — however, the two people in question have never been identified.
Mr Doyle said he was unhappy at the police probe and that the person who sold James the tablets had not been located.
South Wales Police said the death of James Doyle had been fully investigated on behalf of the coroner, and had resulted in a misadventure verdict being returned at an inquest.
Mr Doyle also said he was unhappy at evidence the police had presented to the inquest about his family.
The hearing was told that the family lived at various addresses in Swansea "primarily due to the disruptive behaviour of the children" which "had an adverse effect upon their standing within the community".
Mr Doyle denied that was the case, and said the family had been moved by Swansea Council so as to accommodate their seven children.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "While we have helped the family move to more appropriate accommodation, this has been at the family's request and not instigated by the local authority."