The New York Daily News reports:
A U.K. couple has been found guilty of killing an Irish man by poisoning him with a powerful drug known as “devil’s breath.” Joel Osei, 25, and Diana Cristea, 19, were arrested after the body of Adrian Murphy, a 43-year-old champion dancer, was found in his South London apartment in June 2019.
Investigators say the two targeted gay men by arranging to meet their victims through the popular gay dating app Grindr, and drugging them with a substance that’s said to be “popular with robbers and rapists” to incapacitate their victims, according to a prosecutor in the case.
Osei would arrange to meet their victims and drug them to render them unconscious so he could steal their belongings. He would then hand the property to Cristea, who would sell the goods online.
The Independent reports:
The pair were both arrested after Murphy’s body was discovered in a 17th-floor flat in Battersea on 4 June, three days after his death. Several days earlier paramedics had attended to another man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who had also been drugged and robbed by Osei at an address in another part of London.
The court heard how Osei and Cristea used Murphy’s financial details in a failed bid to buy £62,000 worth of diamonds from a New York jeweler.
Following the verdict, Mr Murphy’s brother, Robert Murphy, paid tribute to the “inspirational Irishman” and said his death had “left a huge void” within the family. “Adrian brought the love and art of dance to thousands of young people all over the world.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 14th.