Public can pay tribute to Amesbury Novichok victim Dawn Sturgess

Frederick Owens
July 19, 2018

Charlie Rowley and his partner, Dawn Sturgess, were exposed to the nerve agent on 30 June.

Ewan Hope, 19, said he wants his mother's killer, or killers, "to get what they deserve".

The nerve agent that poisoned two people in Amesbury was contained in a perfume bottle, the brother of one of the victims has said.

Novichok is the same Soviet-developed nerve agent that poisoned Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March.

Sturgess' partner, 45-year-old Charlie Rowley from Amesbury, a town a few miles from Salisbury, is still recovering in hospital after falling critically ill.

Mr Hope told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "We need to get justice for my Mum".

Police have spoken briefly to the Mr Rowley, who is now conscious in hospital.

Instead, saying Moscow was "highly likely" to blame, the United Kingdom and its allies initiated a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats, resulting in more than 100 Russian embassy and consulate workers getting sent home from over a dozen countries.

He told the paper police had informed him that the mother-of-three's body is now "property of the Crown".

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A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Tuesday and an inquest into her death is set to open and adjourn in Salisbury on Thursday.

Matthew said he has seen his brother and he was still upset with his condition.

Matthew said: "I wiggled his toes and said to him, 'Are you OK, Charles?'"

"He was very angry and crying. He's skin and bones as he obviously hadn't been able to eat".

"On Wednesday. a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley's house in Amesbury", police said in a statement.

The UK has invited experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to independently confirm the identity of the nerve agent.

Police revealed on Saturday they have retrieved over 400 "items" in the hunt for evidence, but warned the search could go on for months.

"Not only are we trying to solve an extremely serious crime that has been committed, but we're also working to identify any potential outstanding risks to the public - all whilst ensuring that all those involved in the search process are not themselves exposed to any risk of contamination", said assistant commissioner Neil Basu, national lead for counter-terrorism policing in the UK.

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