‘Devil’s Breath’ poisoning couple who killed man they met on Grindr found guilty

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A couple murdered an Irish dancer with the poison "Devil's Breath", a court has ruled.

Joel Osei, 25, and Diana Cristea were both found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of the killing of Adrian Murphy who they met on the gay dating app Grindr.

Murphy, 43, had worked as a dance teacher and a choreographer at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.

He was on a year-long sabbatical when his body was found in a 17th-storey flat in Battersea, southwest London.

The court heard on Tuesday that the drug scopolamine – said to be "popular with robbers and rapists" to incapacitate their victims – was used in both incidents.

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Osei is alleged to have met Murphy and another unnamed victim in person through Grindr before lacing their drinks with the drug and stealing their possessions.

Cristea, meanwhile, was alleged to have been "egging him on" in the background, and later sold the stolen items, the court heard.

They are also standing trial on several fraud charges and two counts of theft.

The court in south London heard Murphy was staying at his former partner and best friend's flat at Lombard Wharf when Osei was caught on CCTV visiting him on June 1.

He was later seen on CCTV leaving the building carrying a Louis Vuitton holdall.

The court heard the couple attempted to use Murphy's Barclays credit card the next day to spend almost $3,000 (£2,296) on computer software.

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