Bond actor died after being 'drugged by man he met on Grindr'

21 May 2019, 17:02 | Updated: 21 May 2019, 22:53

A Bond actor was killed by an overdose of a chemsex drug after hooking up with a fraudster who used Grindr to target gay men for their belongings, a court heard. 

Eric Michels, 54, who had an uncredited role in Skyfall, died after Gerald Matovu, 25, allegedly injected him with a fatal dose of GHB at Mr Michel's home in Chessington.

Matovu later made off with Mr Michel's mobile phone, MacBook, American driving licence and various cards, it is claimed.

The Old Bailey heard the alleged fraudster and his lover Brandon Dunbar, 23, had targeted 12 men - including Mr Michels - over a 19-month period.

According to prosecutors, the pair took advantage of hook-ups and dates which they arranged through dating apps to steal their property and take photographs of bank cards.

They also claimed the alleged fraudsters drugged a number of their targets or spiked their drinks, while one victim had drugs injected into his backside without his consent.

The court heard Mr Michels was amicably divorced in 2010 and had a number of long-term relationships since coming out as gay, but had recently felt lonely.

The 54-year-old invited Matovu to his home in south-west London for sex after visiting Ku Bar and G-A-Y Bar in Soho on the evening of 16 August last year.

It is claimed Matovu then drugged Mr Michels and took photographs of his bank cards, driver's licence and other personal information while he was dead or unconscious.

The younger man then took a taxi to Dunbar's address with a suitcase and bottles of alcohol.

Family members discovered Mr Michels' body in his bed the following day and an empty 3ml syringe without a needle attached was found on the floor.

Jurors heard that DNA from the victim and defendant, as well as traces of GHB, were identified on the syringe.

The prosecution said Matovu "intended to cause (Mr Michels) really serious bodily harm by rendering him deeply, and dangerously, unconscious so he could steal property from him and take photographs of his bank cards and other documents containing his personal details".

Matovu admitted going home with Mr Michels to have consensual sex, but denies murder and administering GHB to Mr Michels, claiming he took it of his own free will.

The court was told that of the 12 alleged victims, nine met both defendants while three only saw Matovu.

Two claimed they had property stolen or photographs taken of documents by Matovu while they showered with Dunbar, while another man claimed he was targeted while making a cup of tea.

Matovu, from Southwark in south London, and Dunbar, from Forest Gate in east London, deny a string of charges.

Matovu denies murder, six counts of administering a poison or noxious substance to endanger life, one count of assault by penetration and one count of causing actual bodily harm.

He is also charged with five counts of possession of articles for use in fraud, seven counts of theft and possession of a class C drug.

Dunbar has pleaded not guilty to five counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life, one count of assault by penetration and one count of ABH.

He is further charged with seven counts of theft, five counts of possession of articles for use in fraud, two counts of fraud and one count of unlawfully retaining a wrongful credit.

The trial continues.