'Devil's breath' murderer who poisoned Irish dancer with date-rape drug jailed ...

A man who poisoned a gifted dancer with a date-rape drug known as 'devil's breath' in order to rob him after entrapping him using a fake dating app profile has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 32 years.

Joel Osei, 26, killed 43-year-old Irishman Adrian Murphy in summer 2019 with an overdose of scopolamine - a substance from the deadly nightshade family of poisons commonly used in rapes and kidnappings in South America.

Mr Murphy had worked as a dance teacher and a choreographer at the Royal Academy of Dance, but was on a year-long sabbatical at the time of his death.

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. 

Cristea and Osei, who was previously living at Kerswell Close in Seven Sisters, north London, but is now of no fixed abode, were both convicted of murder following a trial at Croydon Crown Court. 

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Cristea, of Langley Park, Mill Hill, Barnet, north London, will be sentenced at a later date. 

Conman Joel Osei (pictured), 25, and his 'Romanian goddess' girlfriend, Diana Cristea, 18, laced Adrian Murphy's Coca-Cola with deadly Scopolamine at his luxury riverside apartment in Battersea

A police mugshot of Cristea

Joel Osei (left), 26, who killed 43-year-old Irishman Adrian Murphy in summer 2019 with an overdose of date rape drug 'devil's breath' has been handed a life sentence with a minimum term of 32 years. His co-defendant, Diana Cristea, 19, was also convicted and will be sentenced at a later date

After killing Mr Murphy, the couple attempted to buy 80,000 US dollars (£62,000) worth of diamonds from a jeweller in New York.

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

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

Mr Murphy is thought to have died sometime 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 and Osei's fingerprints were discovered on a bottle of whisky 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. 

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Osei stared at the floor when the verdict was announced at Croydon Crown Court.

Mr Justice William Davis said: 'You left him either dying or dead. What did you do then?

Osei, 26, killed 43-year-old Irishman Mr Murphy in summer 2019 with an overdose of scopolamine - a substance from the deadly nightshade family of poisons commonly used in rapes and kidnappings in South America

Osei, 26, killed 43-year-old Irishman Mr Murphy in summer 2019 with an overdose of scopolamine - a substance from the deadly nightshade family of poisons commonly used in rapes and kidnappings in South America

'You set about using his debit and credit card which you stole. That included an attempt to buy diamonds, admittedly unsuccessfully, worth £80,000.

'You murdered Mr Murphy for gain. As if self-evident, once you killed him you committed fraud by using his property.

'The killing of Mr Murphy is made worse by the fact there was significant planning involved. He was vulnerable, in the sense you assumed he would be unwilling to report what had happened if he survived.

Colombian 'Devil's Breath' date rape drug

Scopolamine, also known as hyoscine or 'Devil's Breath', is made from Borrachero trees in Colombia, and used throughout the country to aid sexual predators and robbers.

The odourless powder is blown into people's faces, which once inhaled can cause victims to lose their memory, free will, and in high enough doses, can even kill. It has been described as 'the most dangerous drug in the world'. 

In the past two years cases have been reported in Spain, France and the US. But last month, UK actor Robert Lindsay told Met Police a young woman he knew was attacked with a substance bearing a chilling resemblance to 'Devil's Breath' outside a London night club. 

The drug, also referred to as Burundanga in its native Colombia, is almost impossible to detect, as it disappears from the blood stream in two to six hours and can only be found in urine samples within 12.

This makes it extremely difficult for victims to prove they have been given it – as they don't remember anything and it's untraceable in their system.

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'You were the principal and would have done this come what may.'

Osei was also given a concurrent sentence of five years in prison for administering a poison or noxious substance so as to endanger life against the surviving victim, and no separate penalty for multiple counts of theft and fraud.

The surviving victim met with Osei on May 30 believing he was called 'Remy' and invited him back to his London property for sex.

He passed out after drinking a glass of orange juice Osei poured for him and woke up in hospital.

Items including his wallet, bank cards and two laptops worth about £2,000 had been stolen.

Osei had used the same phone number to contact both victims, and was later identified by the surviving man.

Analysis of Osei's phone and laptop linked Cristea to the crime, and revealed he had purchased the scopolamine online in early May.

Cristea, of Langley Park, Mill Hill, Barnet, north London, will be sentenced for murder, two counts of theft and eight counts of fraud at a later date.  

The couple had a 'tempestuous'

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