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Kilkenny man Adrian Murphy

Kilkenny man Adrian Murphy

Kilkenny man Adrian Murphy

A man who poisoned an Irish dancer with a date-rape drug known as Devil's Breath in order to rob him has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 32 years.

Joel Osei (26) killed 43-year-old Kilkenny man Adrian Murphy in June 2019 with an overdose of scopolamine.

Mr Murphy had worked as a dance teacher and choreo- grapher at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, but was on a year-long sabbatical at the time of his murder.

Osei and his ex-girlfriend and co-defendant Diana Cristea (19) targeted gay men on Grindr in order to rob them of their valuables and drain their bank accounts.

Diamonds

After killing Mr Murphy, the pair tried to buy $80,000 (€66,000) worth of diamonds from a jeweller in New York.

They were further convicted of poisoning a second man with the same drug two days earlier.

That victim, who cannot be named due to a reporting restriction, survived but was taken to hospital after being found by a neighbour, almost naked, agitated and confused.

Mr Murphy is thought to have died some time between meeting Osei on June 1 and his body being discovered by his best friend and former partner on June 4.

His phone had been thrown down the toilet, while a can of Coca-Cola was found to contain traces of scopolamine.

Osei's fingerprints were discovered on a bottle of whiskey left at the scene.

Toxicology tests revealed the concentration of scopolamine in Mr Murphy's body was many times the level consistent with a fatal overdose.

Cristea and Osei were both convicted of murder following a trial at Croydon Crown Court.

Jailing Osei for life, Mr Justice William Davis said: "You left him either dying or dead and set about using his debit and credit cards.

"You gave Mr Murphy, quite deliberately, a significant dose of a drug which you know could cause death."

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