A male and his teenage girlfriend have actually been found guilty of murdering an Irish dancer after poisoning him with a drug called “Devil’s breath”.
Joel Osei, 25, and his partner Diana Cristea, 18, eliminated 43- year-old Adrian Murphy whose body was discovered in the victim’s 17 th-floor flat in Battersea, southwest London, in June in 2015.
At Croydon Crown Court, the couple were also both convicted of administering a poison or harmful compound so as to threaten life.
Osei had previously pleaded guilty to murder, administering poison with intent to injury, aggrieve or annoy, two counts of theft and 8 counts of fraud.
Cristea, meanwhile, was likewise convicted of administering toxin with intent to injury, aggrieve or annoy, two counts of theft and eight counts of fraud. She had confessed 2 counts of handling taken goods and one count of scams.
Prosecutors stated the ‘Devil’s breath’ drug, which comes from Colombian Borrachero trees, is “popular with burglars and rapists” as it is utilized to cripple victims.
They relate to the murder of Mr Murphy and likewise to the poisoning of another man, who can not be named for legal reasons.
The court heard how the second man had been tended to by paramedics several days prior to Mr Murphy’s death after he was likewise drugged and robbed by Osei.
Mr Murphy’s sibling Robert said his sibling had actually been an “inspiring Irishman” and said the death had “left a big space” in the household.
Speaking after the verdict, he stated: “The world has lots of sameness, however this could not be said of our brother Adrian.
” Adrian brought the love and art of dance to countless young people all over the world.
” He made a lot of faithful good friends who are so sad at his unforeseen death as he was an inspiring Irishman, who was a talented dancer and choreographer.”
Mr Murphy then went on to describe his “uproarious” sibling as a male who could make “everyone make fun of his hilarious stories,” adding: “He had the gift of bringing people together.
” Adrian enjoyed his home town of Kilkenny and, although he was a routine world tourist, he never missed a chance to go back to his friends and family.
” Adrian’s tradition is that of a hero and ideally his terrible death has actually stopped this taking place to any other innocent victim.
” He is now dancing amongst the stars. May he rest in peace.”
Osei and Cristea, both from north London, will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on 14 December.