‘Ruthless’ couple accused of murdering top dancer with ‘Devil’s Breath poison’

A couple murdered a champion Irish dancer with a drug known as “the devil’s breath”, a court heard.

Diana Cristea, 18, and Joel Osei, 25, deny killing Adrian Murphy with scopolamine at the 17th-floor flat he was staying at.

They allegedly used his name to try to buy diamonds worth £62,000 from a New York jeweller.

Cristea and Osea are also accused of drugging a second man and allegedly stealing ­valuables worth £2,000.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said only Osei met the victims after contacting them through the gay dating app Grindr.

But Cristea was “egging him on” and sold the stolen items, Croydon crown court heard.

Mr Aylett said: “The two defendants were a pair of ­ruthless grifters, scammers looking to make easy money.”

The first victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police he drank orange juice Osei poured him and his legs felt “like they’d been injected with lead”.

Days later, Osei was caught on CCTV where Mr Murphy lived in Battersea, South West London.

He was found dead in his flat two days later. Valuables also worth about £2,000 were stolen.

A postmortem found traces of scopolamine in his body.

Mr Aylett QC said: “In South America it is popular with robbers and rapists. In Colombia they call it ‘the devil’s breath’.”

Cristea, of Mill Hill, North London, and Osei, of no fixed abode, both deny murder, poisoning, theft and fraud.