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Serial Killer's Drug Dealer Jailed For Chemsex Murder Of Bond Actor

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 4 days ago Sara C Nelson

Gerald Matovu © PA Gerald Matovu Serial killer Stephen Port’s ex-drug dealer has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey for murdering a former Bond actor.

Gerald Matovu, 26, will serve a minimum term of 31 years for the “wicked” murder of Eric Michels, 54. 

Matovu met up with Michels, 54, via Grindr in August last year.

a man posing for the camera: Gerald Matovu, 26, killed Eric Michels, 52, after meeting him on Grindr © The Telegraph Gerald Matovu, 26, killed Eric Michels, 52, after meeting him on Grindr He plied him with a fatal dose of GHB at his home in Bolton Road, Chessington, Surrey, then made off with his bank card details and other belongings.

a man wearing glasses posing for the camera: Eric Michels, who featured in the James Bond movie Skyfall, died from an overdose of the drug GHB © Yahoo News Australia Eric Michels, who featured in the James Bond movie Skyfall, died from an overdose of the drug GHB

Michels, who had an uncredited role in Skyfall, was one of 12 men targeted by Matovu and his lover, Brandon Dunbar, 24, over a 19-month period, jurors heard.

Following an Old Bailey trial, Matovu was found guilty of businessman Michels’ murder.

Jurors were not told about Matovu’s past connection with former chef Port, 44, from Barking, east London, who had also targeted victims through Grindr and killed them with GHB overdoses.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors how Matovu and Dunbar took advantage of Grindr hook-ups to steal property and bank details.

a man looking at the camera: Gerald Matovu plied Michels with a fatal dose of GHB © PA Ready News UK Gerald Matovu plied Michels with a fatal dose of GHB

On August 16 last year, divorced father-of-three Michels made contact with Matovu on Grindr after a night out in Soho gay bars.

Michels invited him to his home in south-west London for sex, the court heard.

While there, the defendant drugged Michels and took photographs of his bank cards and driving licence.

Matovu made off with a MacBook, mobile phone, an initialled black case, US driving licence and various cards as well as a suitcase full of bottles of alcohol.

Michels’ body was discovered in bed under a duvet the next day by his concerned family.

An empty 3ml syringe without a needle attached was found on the floor beside the bed.

a man looking at the camera: Matovu sold the same drugs to serial killer Stephen Port  © PA Ready News UK Matovu sold the same drugs to serial killer Stephen Port 

DNA from the victim and defendant was identified on it, as well as traces of GHB, the court heard.

Matovu denied murder but admitted going home with him to have consensual sex.

Matovu, of Southwark, south London, was convicted of six counts of administering a noxious substance, seven thefts, six counts of having articles for fraud, murder, assault by penetration, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing GBL drugs.

Dunbar, of Forest Gate, east London, was found guilty of three counts of administering a noxious substance, five thefts, six counts of having articles for fraud, two frauds, assault by penetration, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and dishonestly retaining wrongful credit.

In 2016, Port was handed a whole life term for raping and murdering four young men and dumping their bodies near his home in Barking between 2014 and 2015.

Following Port’s trial, Matovu pleaded guilty to supplying mephedrone and GHB and offering to supply GHB, but denied knowing what Port planned to do with it.

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