Pair get probation after admitting role to traffick drug at party where friend died A 15-year-old girl who admitted giving a HK$60 Ecstasy tablet to a friend, who later died from the drug's side effects, was yesterday sent to a rehabilitation centre after pleading guilty to conspiring to traffick drugs. The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will spend between three and nine months in the centre, depending on how she performs. In a separate hearing at Tsuen Wan Court, two older girls - Lau Tsz-wing, 17, and Chow Ngai-shan, 16 - who pleaded guilty to the same charge, were placed on probation for 18 months. The 15-year-old's case, heard in juvenile court before magistrate Don So Man-lung, was closed to the public. The sentence shocked her family. The girl's mother cried aloud outside the court. 'I want to die if my daughter has to enter [a rehabilitation centre],' she said. Tsuen Wan Court heard that the three girls were involved in the sale of a small quantity of Ecstasy tablets to eight people at a party in the deceased's home in Tsing Yi on December 2. The deceased, surnamed Poon, fell unconscious after taking one tablet. One of her friends called a social worker and asked her to notify the police, but the girl was certified dead before arrival at hospital, the court heard earlier. Deputy Magistrate Ivy Chui Yee-mei said a probation order would be appropriate punishment for Lau and Chow, as the trafficking scheme was neither well-planned nor on a large scale. In mitigation, lawyers for Lau and Chow submitted letters from the two girls in which they admitted their errors and promised to change. Eliza Yiu Kwong-shun, the duty lawyer representing Lau, said: 'Lau thought deeply during her 14-day custody in the correctional centre [pending yesterday's hearing] about what she had done. She is remorseful and finds her family very important to her.' Ms Yiu said Lau was now working part-time as a salesgirl in a sweet shop and attending Form Five at evening school. 'At night, she stays at home for dinner. She hopes to complete Form Five so that she can make use of her knowledge to achieve something in the future,' Ms Yiu said. She said Lau had quit using illegal drugs, and urged Miss Chui to impose a probation order. Chow said in her letter she was sorry she had hurt her family and was willing to change, the court heard. Passing sentence, Miss Chui said: 'The crime is very serious in nature. But I think the two defendants committed the crime because they were inexperienced and lured by curiosity.' She attached five conditions to the probation order. Among them are that Lau and Chow must stay away from drugs, be at home from 10pm to 6am every day and enrol in activities approved by their probation officers. Poon's mother attended both hearings yesterday, but would not comment on the sentences.