Putin agents’ deadly strike

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died rather than Dawn, be­cause I felt like I had killed her. At one stage I said I was go­ing to jump out of the hos­pi­tal win­dow.

“My head was go­ing round in cir­cles.”

Char­lie had pre­vi­ously suf­fered drug prob­lems and Dawn was a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic when they met in sup­ported liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in Sal­is­bury.

He got his own flat in nearby Ames­bury shortly be­fore the tragedy. He said: “I’d lost a girl­friend through drug abuse about three years be­fore, which was ter­ri­ble. I found her dead in a bed­room.

“Then I met Dawn and she helped me through it. We had been to­gether for a year and our re­la­tion­ship was bril­liant. She wanted me to slip a ring on her fin­ger. I wish I could have done that for her.

“She was such a car­ing per­son. I wake up ev­ery night hear­ing noises and think­ing Dawn is in the house. I dream about her of­ten – night­mares re­ally – and have flash­backs a lot. I think I’m suf­fer­ing from post trau­matic stress dis­or­der.”

Five peo­ple were poi­soned in the at­tack – ex Rus­sian dou­ble agent Sergei Skri­pal, his daugh­ter Yu­lia, Dawn, Char­lie and Det Sgt Nick Bai­ley, 38, who was in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But Char­lie feels he has re­ceived less at­ten­tion from the au­thor­i­ties than the oth­ers. He said: “I’ve been left to get on with it as best as I can with no sup­port.

“The sys­tem is flawed. I need coun­selling. If the au­thor­i­ties of­fered me help I would take it. I feel let down.”

A Bri­tish probe found GRU agents

Hit­men Alexan­der Petrov and Rus­lan Boshi­rov fly from Moscow to Gatwick on Aeroflot flight SU2588. Novi­chok is in a fake per­fume bot­tle in hand lug­gage.

They check in at City Stay Ho­tel in Bow, East Lon­don, get train to Sal­is­bury for re­con­nais­sance mis­sion – then re­turn to Lon­don.

Smirk­ing assassins seen on CCTV back in Sal­is­bury be­fore spray­ing the nerve agent on Sergei Skri­pal’s front door. Vic­tim and daugh­ter Yu­lia visit Zizzi’s diner and The Mill pub be­fore be­ing found slumped on park bench. They spend weeks in hos­pi­tal be­fore re­cov­er­ing and are now in a safe house.

Theresa May says it is “highly likely” Rus­sia is be­hind the poi­son­ing and ex­pels 23 diplo­mats. Twenty-seven coun­tries fol­low suit.

Rus­sia re­tal­i­ates by ex­pelling the same num­ber of Bri­tish diplo­mats.

Det Sgt Nick Bai­ley, taken ill af­ter at­tend­ing the scene, is dis­charged from hos­pi­tal.

Char­lie Row­ley finds per­fume bot­tle in a bin in Sal­is­bury. Girl­friend Dawn Sturgess sprays it on her wrists. She dies 10 days later. Char­lie is hos­pi­talised but sur­vives.

Po­lice de­clare a “ma­jor in­ci­dent” af­ter re­veal­ing Dawn and Char­lie had been ex­posed to an “un­known sub­stance”.

Home Sec­re­tary Sa­jid Javid ac­cuses Rus­sia of us­ing Bri­tain as a “dump­ing ground for poi­son” and de­mands an­swers.

CPS an­nounces charges against Petrov and Boshi­rov, who are iden­ti­fied as GRU spies loyal to Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

Pair ap­pear on Rus­sian

TV, claim­ing they went to Sal­is­bury as tourists to see cathe­dral “famed for its 123me­tre spire and clock”. us­ing the names Alexan­der Petrov and Rus­lan Boshi­rov flew from Rus­sia to mur­der Skri­pal with Novi­chok, a nerve agent de­vel­oped by the Soviet Union.

Char­lie said: “I want them and peo­ple higher up who or­dered the poi­son­ing to suf­fer. I want jus­tice for Dawn.”

Mean­while, Char­lie suf­fered fur­ther trauma when his home was bur­gled. He has been told he may get dam­ages for his poi­son or­deal from the Crim­i­nal In­juries Au­thor­ity, but it could take 10 years.

And he added: “I don’t think I’ll be alive in 10 years. It has been hor­ren­dous.”


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