‘I feel lucky I survived but I’ve lost so much’: Novichok victim Charlie Rowley reveals his guilt after giving a perfume bottle of nerve agent to his tragic girlfriend ‘as a present’
- Charlie Rowley spoke of his guilt of accidentally giving his girlfriend Novichok
- The 45-year-old found a bottle he thought was perfume and gave it to his partner
- However it contained the nerve agent and Dawn Sturgess died on July 8
- The guilt-ridden man said: ‘I don’t think I will ever be able to get over it’
Novichok victim Charlie Rowley has revealed his guilt after giving a perfume bottle of the deadly nerve agent to his girlfriend ‘as a present’.
Mr Rowley had found a discarded cosmetic bottle and, believing it was perfume, picked it up and brought it home to give as a gift to his partner Dawn Sturgess.
But the bottle contained Novichok and within hours the couple was admitted to hospital in serious condition. Ms Sturgess died on July 8, while Mr Rowley was just released on Friday.
Speaking of his guilt, the 45-year-old, who is struggling to walk, confessed to the Sun: ‘In a way, I feel lucky I survived but I’ve lost so much.’
Novichok victim Charlie Rowley has revealed his guilt after giving a perfume bottle of the deadly nerve agent to his girlfriend ‘as a present’
Mr Rowley had found a discarded cosmetic bottle and, believing it was perfume, picked it up and brought it home to give as a present to his partner Dawn Sturgess, who later died
Mr Rowley added: ‘I feel very sad about what happened to her, it’s awful and shocking. I was still on medication when they told me she passed away. I don’t think I will ever be able to get over it.’
The bottle was dumped by Russian assassins after they attempted to kill Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March, according to the paper.
It is believed Mr Rowley found the bottle in Salisbury’s Queen Elizabeth Gardens, where detectives have been sifting through.
The park is nearby to where the Skripals were found after being poisoned.
Mr Rowley had brought the poisonous bottle back to his home in Amesbury, where Ms Sturgess is thought to have sprayed the nerve agent on her wrists.
Police in Hazmat suits are pictured scouring sites in Salisbury where Charlie Rowley and his late partner Dawn Sturgess were before they were poisoned with the deadly nerve agent
Mr Rowley said his girlfriend had become ill by morning and just hours later, he was also ill.
He vented his fury at the Russian agents who carelessly left the bottle of Novichok on the ground, saying it could have come into the hands of children.
Mr Rowley was released from hospital but has been taken to a police safehouse.
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Officers have given him a special mobile phone number and banned him from watching television and from reading newspapers, his brother Matthew revealed.
Speaking to The Sun through his brother, Matthew, 47, who he called through a special phone number, Charlie said: ‘I’d really like to go out for a bottle of wine.
‘I’m very glad to be out of hospital but I’m trapped in a room and on a lot of medication. I’ve been let out for a cigarette but I’m very bored.’
His brother Matthew Rowley, 47 (pictured) told the Daily Mail: ‘He rang me and said he’s being driven stir-crazy’
Matthew Rowley said that Charlie’s girlfriend, Dawn , who died from the poisoning, rubbed the substance on her wrists, apparently thinking it was perfume, before the bottle ‘splintered in [Charlie’s] hands’, The Times reported.
Nurses are said to be fearful over Mr Rowley’s wavering mental health and have been shielding him from media reports referring to the death of his girlfriend.
Matthew told the Daily Mail: ‘He rang me and said he’s being driven stir-crazy. He’s being kept in a plain room without TV or newspapers because they don’t want to upset him.
‘Police have said he mustn’t say anything about where he is – all he told me was that he was safe.
‘It was a short conversation because nurses said I shouldn’t wear him out. He sounded really weak, almost as if he’d been drinking too much. He sounded pretty fed up.
‘He’s been given a strange new number which doesn’t always connect. I’ve only been able to speak to him once. I’m hoping I’ll be able to find out where he is and visit him soon.’
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