Gerald Matovu is charged with murder after he and his lover allegedly drugged victims before stealing from them
The daughter of a James Bond actor poisoned with a chemsex drug discovered his lifeless body after unintentionally phoning his killer, a court heard.
Eric Michels, 54, was found dead at his home in Chessington, Surrey, after receiving the drug from Gerald Matovu, 25, the day before.
Matovu and his lover Brandon Dunbar, 23, are accused in court of drugging or spanking the drinks of Mr. Michels and eleven other men to steal their valuables and use their bank cards.
Matovu used a syringe to give Mr. Michels a lethal dose of GHB before he took off with his bank card and other items in August last year, old Bailey heard today.
The 14 year old daughter of Mr. Michels wrote a text message to her father shortly after his death and asked if he wanted to eat something before going on vacation.
When he didn't answer, she tried again and Matovu, who allegedly pretended to be Mr. Michels, replied: "Hello, I'll be a little busy soon," the court heard.
The unfamiliar tone of the message alarmed the teenager who called to find out what was going on. Matovu hung up after telling him who she was, the court heard.
The actor Eric Michels, who had appeared in the Bond film Skyfall, died in his home in Surrey
Concerned about her father's safety, she asked her mother to drive her to his house and found that "he was lying motionless in bed with the duvet pulled up," prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said.
He added, “She tried to wake him up by calling his name, but to no avail. Her mother then entered the property and pulled the covers from his face to reveal that Mr. Michel's blood and green bile had dried near his lips. He wasn't breathing. & # 39;
An empty 3 ml syringe without a needle was found on the floor next to the bed.
The court heard that the victim's and defendant's DNA and traces of GHB were identified.
Old Bailey heard how Mr. Michels and his 23-year-old wife got divorced after finding that he preferred young men to women.
Since he came out gay, the victim, who worked on the management team of a large energy company, has had a number of long-term relationships, the court was told.
But more recently he had become lonely and started going to Soho and using Grindr to find younger men.
Mr. Michels' body was discovered by his little daughter, old Bailey said this afternoon
On the evening of August 16, he visited Ku Bar and G-A-Y Bar in Soho before contacting Matovu via Grindr.
Mr Michels invited him to his place in southwest London for sex, the court heard.
The accused is said to have drugged Mr. Michels and photographed his bank cards, driver's license, and other personal information while he was dead or passed out.
In the morning, Matovu took a suitcase and bottle of alcohol in a taxi to Dunbar's address.
Mr. Rees said Matovu had taken Mr. Michels' MacBook, cell phone, initialed black case, American driver's license, and various cards.
Mr. Michels was one of 12 men that Matovu and his lover Brandon Dunbar (23) targeted over a 19 month period.
Mr. Michels was found in his home in Chessington, Surrey (pictured) last August
The victim of a drug couple was passed out on the street, the court said
One of the victims was found naked on the street and snored after being injected with a party drug right in the butt.
The 28-year-old man, who had spent the evening looking for dates through Grindr, was bleeding from his nose when a woman saw him break down on garbage bags with a broken nose.
The man was found on Romford Road
After finding a match, he traveled to Dunbar's apartment in East London, where he met Matovu and the naked tenant Dunbar, who was lying on a bed.
The court heard that he later snored outside the apartment and bled from his nose.
A technique that usually wakes even the "most intoxicated" patient has had no effect on the victim, the court said.
Jonathan Rees QC opened the trial and said, "The prosecutor said that the accused, who often worked together, used contacts and appointments arranged with other gay men through apps such as Grindr to steal their property and take pictures of their bank cards and other identity documents for the purpose of fraud.
"In the course of their activities, some of their targets were drugged to facilitate these dishonest activities, and one of them, a 54-year-old man, was killed by an overdose of a substance called gamma-hydroxybutyrate – GHB."
Nine of the twelve men met both Matovu and Dunbar, and three met Matovu alone, but all twelve were victims of dishonesty, Rees said.
"Two of them had stolen items and taken pictures while they were in the shower with Dunbar while being distracted," he continued.
"One of them took off his pants to have sex, and while his pants were off, photos of documents were taken from inside the pants."
One of the alleged victims, a 53-year-old man whose full identity cannot be reported for legal reasons, asked both Matovu and Dunbar to visit his home in East London.
"He used a gay pick-up point called Adam for Adam to invite two people into his house that he rented with his partner who worked that evening and was not at home," said Rees.
Shortly after their arrival, all three went upstairs to the bedroom. The complainant accessed pornography on his laptop and received a drink from Gerry.
& # 39; He thinks it was either a Fanta or a Coke. Then he passed out after taking the drink. & # 39;
Matovu and Dunbar, both from London, are now facing a series of charges at Old Bailey in London
The victim was drugged before the couple was stolen from his parents' house.
A 43-year-old man invited Dunbar and Matuvo for sex when his parents were gone and woke up the next morning to find that they were gone with three laptops.
Mr. Rees told the court that the alleged victim had only one gin and tonic before going upstairs to have sex.
He passed out and woke up the next morning to find that the computers had disappeared.
The prosecutor said, “He picked up the men from the train station at around 11:00 pm and drove them home.
They all went to his living room to drink alcohol before going to the bedroom, and although he only had one gin and tonic, he felt unbearably hot.
& # 39; He had burned a carpet on his knee and he knew that his drink had been moved by the men.
When he regained consciousness, the accused had left. He discovered that every room had been entered and at first glance had taken various items with him. & # 39;
Mr. Michels, who was born in the United States before moving to the United Kingdom in the 1980s, worked in the HR department as the managing director of the energy company SEE.
He was also a part-time actor who had short appearances in the Bond film Skyfall and the Tom Cruise film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
Both Matovu and Dunbar are accused of assaulting, poisoning, and sexually penetrating another man on August 19, 2018.
Matovu of Southwark and Dunbar of Ilford each deny five cases of poison administration, one case of penetration, assault and a single theft.
Motovu alone denies the murder of Mr. Michels and another count of the administration of poison and a count of the possessions with the intention of delivering 500 ml of GBL.
Dunbar contests six allegations of possession of items for use in fraud, two fraudulent misrepresentation cases, one of the £ 300 wrongful retention of Mr. Michels credit, and six theft cases.
The process continues.
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