A woman accused of murdering a champion Irish dancer allegedly made a desperate 999 call where she tipped-off police about which drug he'd been poisoned with.
Diana Cristea, 19, and her boyfriend Joel Osei, 25, deny murdering Adrian Murphy at his flat in south west London last year.
Osei is said to have met the 43-year-old on gay dating app Grindr before allegedly drugging his drink with scopolamine, also known as ‘Devil’s breath’.
Mr Murphy had worked as a dance teacher and a choreographer at the Royal Academy of Dance, but was on a year's sabbatical when he was found dead at his Battersea flat.
A jury at Croydon Crown Court heard a 999 call Cristea made to Hertfordshire Police in June last year, just over a week after she was released under investigation for the alleged killing.
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The court heard Diana told an emergency services operator: “I’m finally ready to talk, obviously I’m scared of him and I don’t feel like it’s fair getting dragged into something.”
Asked if Osei was the murderer, Cristea said: “Yes. He drugged him with scopolamine.”
Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said: “Up until that point the police didn’t have any information that scopolamine had been involved.
“That’s why the pathologist in due course was asked to look for it.”
The trial previously heard toxicology tests estimated the concentration of scopolamine in Mr Murphy's body was 67 micrograms per litre of blood.
Mr Aylett previously told the jury the drug is "said to be popular with both robbers and rapists who use it to incapacitate their victims, rendering them deeply unconscious for long periods of time".
Jurors heard Cristea also said on the call: "I have given two no comment interviews because I was scared of [Joel]. But now because I'm away I'm ready to actually do this, I know he can't hurt me."
Cristea told the operator Osei knew Mr Murphy "was rich" and targeted him to steal his belongings.
She added: "He gave me the goods to sell for him and hold them in my house as he didn't have a fixed address."
The pair allegedly used Mr Murphy’s name to try to buy diamonds worth £62,000 from a New York jeweller.
They are also said to have used the same drug on another man, who survived the alleged poisoning, before stealing valuables worth £2,000.
Cristea, of Mill Hill, North London, and Osei, of no fixed abode, both deny murder, poisoning, theft and fraud.
The trial continues.
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