Deadly Novichok Nerve Agent Hidden In Perfume Bottle
Police investigating links to poisoning of former Russian spy and his daughter.
What you need to know
- The brother of a Novichok attack victim says the nerve agent was concealed in a perfume bottle
- Detectives are now investigating how Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess came into contact with the chemical
- Dawn Sturgess lost her life last week after being poisoned with the nerve agent, while her partner Charlie is still recovering in hospital
The nerve agent that poisoned two people in Amesbury, England was contained inside a perfume bottle, according to one of the victims brothers.
Matthew Rowley -- brother of Charlie Rowley, who is still in hospital recovering from the affects of the Novichok nerve agent -- told him he picked up the perfume bottle before he fell ill.
Charlie Rowley's partner Dawn Sturgess died a week ago after coming into contact with Novichok. The claim the deadly nerve agent was in a perfume bottle raises the question of whether Sturgess sprayed the liquid on herself, therefore administering a lethal dose of the substance.
Detectives are now working out how Rowley and Sturgess came into contact with Novichok. They are also investigating if the chemical the Amesbury couple were poisoned with is from the same batch former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with on March 4.
Novichok is a nerve agent that was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s , which is why Russia has been linked to the attacks.
British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Russia directly for the March attacks on Yulia and Sergei Skrpial, where she expelled 23 Russian diplomats for the incident. Many western nations followed suit -- Australia expelled two officials while the U.S. banished a whopping 60.
Russia has denied any involvement in the attacks.
Dawn Sturgess was a mother of three. Her son Ewan Hope, 19, has called on U.S. President Donald Trump to use his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki to discuss the use of the nerve agent.
Hope told the Sunday Mirror newspaper, "We need to get justice for my Mum."