A callous drug dealer called an addict’s phone three days after he was found dead in Tesco, according to the man’s devastated parents.
Alistair Hawkins was just 34 when he was discovered in the supermarket’s baby changing rooms last Sunday.
And now his parents have revealed that the man who provided him with drugs called him three days after he died “to sell him more c**p.”
Denise and Mervyn Hawkins said they were convinced the voice on the end of the line was the man who hastened their son’s death.
“He wanted to sell him more c**p,” Mervin told the Birmingham Mail. “When my wife asked, he claimed to be a taxi driver.
“Every time we rang back, there was no reply but we know who he was, and what he was doing.
“Up until that morning, Alastair had been clean.”
His parents said they were still coming to terms with the fact their son, an only child, was given his marching orders from a rehab and detox centre weeks before his death for allegedly stealing coffee.
The doting parents had paid £3,600 for that ‘make or break’ course.
Mervyn, 70, said: “He would play with the kids, he would do anything for anyone. He was a lovely, lovely person.
“He just had this awful monkey on his back that he could not get off – and he tried, and he tried, and he tried.
“He was a drug addict, he was not a bad person.”
Alastair left behind a daughter, on whom he doted.
Heartbreakingly, her mother Lindsey Wright told the child: “Daddy has a poorly leg.
“The doctor’s can’t fix it so he’s had to go to the angels in heaven to get it put right.”
Alastair also acted as father to Lindsey’s seven-year-old son from a previous relationship.
Mervyn and Denise have been told that Alastair, who was discovered in the baby changing rooms, died of a massive heart attack.
But they know heroin was the real killer.
He was, they insist, drug-free before death came.
They believe he was driven to that last, fatal fix by the unbearable pain of ulcerated legs.
Alastair had confided to fellow residents at a South Birmingham “dry house” – a halfway hostel for recovering addicts – that he was in agony.
He turned to criminal morphine and paid the ultimate price.
“He was playing around with cannabis like a lot of kids are today,” admitted Mervyn.
“He’d tell us ‘I’ll never do drugs like heroin’.
“Like a lot of them, he’d say there’s nothing wrong with cannabis. Yes, there is.
“I have never tried drugs, my family has never tried drugs. I don’t think any of our friends have done it.
“As a 10-year-old Alastair made my life hell because I smoked.
“But he met the wrong person at school and that was it.
“He took the wrong route.
“He joined the operatic society at school and they did a stage show.
“He was so funny he got a standing ovation.
“That was the kind of person he was. That was the person I remember.
“We thought we were doing the right thing by giving him a private education, but we’ve found notes he’s written saying he hated the place. We’ve shredded them – they’re too painful.
“He was very bright, but he didn’t apply himself at school.”
Alastair worked with his mother in the travel business before heroin crushed any hopes of a lasting career.
He did, however, find Lindsey – but drugs destroyed their relationship.
“They lived together,” said Mervyn.
“She had a little boy from a previous relationship. Alastair took him as his own son and loved him.
“He would never do anything to hurt anyone, but he was not good with pressure.
“Eventually, he lapsed back into taking drugs.
“Understandably, Lindsey wouldn’t put up with that.”
Lindsey, from Lichfield, added: “He was an addict, it was an illness, but he had been clean for ages.
“I will remember him as one of the nicest blokes you could meet – caring, loving, he doted on his daughter, an amazing daddy.”