Devils Breath Murders Found Guilty At The Old Bailey

A couple found guilty of murdering a man after they poisoned him with a drug known as “Devil’s breath” are awaiting sentencing.

Diana Cristea, 19, and her partner Joel Osei, 25, met the man after setting up a false account on the gay dating application Grinder.

They used this account to meet and befriend gay men before drugging and robbing them. After the body of Adrian Murphy, an Irish dancer, was discovered in a 17th floor flat in Battersea, London on 4th june 2019 they were both arrested on suspicion of murder.

Croydon Crown Court heard that another man had been attended to by paramedics just days earlier after being drugged and robbed by Osei.

Cristea and Osei then used his details to try and purchase $80,000 (£62,000) worth of diamonds from a New York jeweller but were unsuccessful.

On top of the murder charge they were also accused on one count of administering poison so as to endanger life, two counts of theft and eight counts of fraud.

A jury on Friday replied with majority verdicts on all charges for both of them. Osei pleaded guilty to manslaught, however he was convicted of murder.

He also denied two counts of theft. Cristea only admitted to one count of fraud and two of handling stolen goods but was found guilty on all charges.

Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting, told the court that they used the drug scopolamine, also known as “Devil’s breath” to incapacitate their victims before robbing them and went on to say that it is popular with rapist and muggers. Robert Murphy, the victim’s brother, paid tribute to him after the guilty verdict was reached saying “The world is full of sameness, but this could not be said of our brother Adrian.

Adrian brought the love and art of dance to thousands of young people all over the world. He was also very funny and made everyone laugh at his hilarious stories. He had the gift of bringing people together. Our family is heartbroken that Adrian is no longer with us.” Mr Murphy finished off by saying “Adrian’s legacy is that of a hero and hopefully his tragic death has stopped this happening to any other innocent victim.

He is now dancing amongst the stars. May he rest in peace.” Osei and Cristea are due to be sentenced on 14th December at the Old Bailey.


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