Thief who drugged and killed father-of-three guilty of murder

|News, Violent crime

A thief who killed a father-of-three after poisoning him with date rape drug GHB has been found guilty of his murder today (15 July 2019) at the Old Bailey.

Gerald Matovu, 25, drugged and stole from men after meeting them for sex through dating apps such as Grindr.

He administered a lethal dose of GHB to Eric Michels, 54, after visiting his home in Chessington, Surrey, on 17 August 2018. Matovu was today convicted of murdering Michels and seriously harming six men.

Brandon Dunbar, 23, who was not involved in the murder, but was involved in several other similar drugging or distraction thefts, was convicted of these offences.

In total there were seven victims of theft, five of whom were drugged in order to steal from them.

Before Mr Michels’ death, Matovu had been convicted of supplying GHB to serial killer Stephen Port who murdered four men by administering lethal doses of the drug in order to sexually assault them.

He had provided a witness statement in the Port trial which the CPS was able to use to show that he was aware of the method used by Port and the danger of such high doses of GHB.

Sally-Anne Russell, from the CPS, said: “Gerald Matovu, sometimes alone and sometimes with Brandon Dunbar, contacted men on Grindr to steal from them.

“A number of times they rendered their victims unconscious for hours by administering GHB and causing them serious harm.

“The CPS was able to show that Matovu knew the dangers he was putting these men under from his involvement in the trial of serial killer Stephen Port who murdered his victims with GHB.

“We thank the witnesses for coming forward, and, where possible, the CPS applied for them to give their crucial evidence from behind screens and have their identities anonymised.

“We hope their courage gives victims of similar crimes the confidence to come forward.

“Our thoughts go out to the family of Mr Michels and to all the victims, and we hope that the convictions will bring some comfort to them.”

Matovu and Dunbar will be sentenced at a later date.

Notes to editors

  • Gerald Matovu (DOB 29/06/1993) was convicted of six counts of administering a noxious substance so as to endanger life, seven counts of theft, six counts of possession of articles for use in fraud and one count of murder, possession of GBL with intent to supply, assault by penetration and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
  • Brandon Dunbar (DOB: 17/06/1995) was convicted of three counts of administering a noxious substance so as to endanger life, five counts of theft, six counts of possession of articles for use in fraud, two counts of fraud and one count of dishonestly retaining wrongful credit, assault by penetration and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
  • Sally-Anne Russell is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the London CPS Homicide Unit

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