The brother of Charlie Rowley, who is in critical condition after being allegedly poisoned by the A-234 nerve agent (Novichok), has revealed that the deceased Dawn Sturgess had sprayed herself with perfume from a small bottle, which the couple had found.
MailOnline cites Matthew Rowley as saying that his brother had told him that this “particular detail [was] stuck in his mind,” although he didn’t recall what happened afterwards.
According to Charlie Rowley, cited by a relative, he could vaguely recollect “there being an odd ammonia-type smell from the perfume.”
The man remembered that he and Dawn had picked up the bottle, but couldn’t tell his brother where exactly it happened.
“I've asked him where he and Dawn picked up the bottle of perfume. Was it in Elizabeth Gardens or somewhere else in Salisbury [where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were allegedly poisoned with the same nerve agent in March]? But he just cannot remember yet,” Charlie Rowley’s brother told the media.
The Metropolitan Police announced they had found a “small bottle” during the search of Rowley’s house in Amesbury. Scientists have confirmed that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok, according to the police. But researchers have yet to analyze it to determine whether the poison was from the same batch that had allegedly been used to poison the Skripals.
On June 30, Charlie Rowley and Dawn Sturgess were hospitalized after collapsing at their home in Amesbury, located several miles away from Salisbury, where the Skripals were found in a similar condition four months earlier.
Sturgess died in a hospital on July 8, while Rowley regained consciousness on July 10, with doctors claiming he was no longer in critical condition. His brother stated that the man is devastated about losing his girlfriend, but he’s on his way to regaining his physical strength. He’s currently under police protection.
“'There has been talk of possibly relocating Charlie to a safe house, like Skripal and his daughter, when he's able to leave hospital but nothing has been decided on yet,” Matthew Rowley told the media.
Even though the UK counterterrorism office has repeatedly admitted it had no evidence of a link between the Skripal case and the Amesbury incident, a number of high-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson and Security Minister Ben Wallace have accused Russia of the poisoning. The Russian Foreign Ministry has strongly denied Moscow’s involvement in both the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Russia regrets the death of the victim of the incident in Amesbury and is deeply concerned about this state of emergency.
"I do not know what discussions and what statements preceded, and whose statements preceded these words, to which you have now referred. We do not know that someone mentioned Russia in vain against the backdrop of the second incident. We do not know that Russia was somehow mentioned, or somehow associated with it. We believe that in any case this would be quite absurd," Peskov said, in response to statements by the Russian ambassador to the OPCW.