SALISBURY poisoning victim Charlie Rowley revealed his guilt after his girlfriend died when she came into contact with Novichok at his home.
Dawn Sturgess, 45, died eight days after a builder accidentally gave her a perfume bottle containing the deadly chemical.
Charlie, 49, fell gravely ill three months after former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury, Wilts.
He has now revealed his guilt over the death of his “soulmate” Dawn as he opens up about how the tragedy unfolded.
Charlie said Mirror: “I was fortunate enough to be called back a few months after meeting [Dawn].
“With little cash, I furnished the apartment with items that would otherwise be thrown away. I scoured stores and charity bins, picking up electrical appliances and furniture. I found everything – gold chains, earrings, treasure for Dawn.
“Going through a barrel, I found a perfume box. ‘Wahey, winner!’ I thought, it was sealed with plastic, looked expensive, so I dropped the bag.
“Inadvertently, I did something the police hadn’t managed in the three months since the Skripal attack – I found the bottle of Novichok.”
Charlie gave Dawn the Nina Ricci perfume on June 30 and said it was “closed too tight” so he needed a sharp knife to open it.
After attaching the nozzle, Dawn sprays on her wrist while Charlie washes off some of the liquid on her hands.
When he returned, she was “staring at nothing and foaming at the mouth” so the builder called a friend who then called an ambulance.
Chilling, Charlie says his own behavior then changed and he became paranoid and even tried to strangle his friend.
He said his mouth started to foam and his eyes turned “opaque white and red like ‘something out of a zombie movie’.
Both were taken to the hospital when police declared a major incident but sadly Dawn passed away later that day.
‘CONSUMED BY GRIEF’
Charlie said: “I was in the hospital for three weeks. When I woke up and got off the ventilator, a doctor explained that Dawn was dead. I couldn’t put him in.
“It hurts me to remember. I lost my girlfriend, my life partner, my soulmate.
“Due to nerve damage, I can’t see properly and also have problems with my heart and lungs. There’s been talk of a pacemaker. I was so scared, I felt like a guinea pig while I was sleeping. they try to help me.
“While I am consumed by grief and poor health, the investigations are continuing.”
Charlie lost all of his belongings and was forced to abandon his apartment, which was later demolished, because of possible contamination.
He says all he has left of Dawn is a collage on the wall at home.
‘I WANT FAIR’
Former Russian spy Skripal, Yulia, and a police officer, Nick Bailey, were exposed to the substance in 2018.
Intelligence officers Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin allegedly smeared the nerve agent on Skripal’s front door.
In September, the police identified a third suspect – a senior Russian agent, Denis Sergeev.
Counterterrorism police said he met Chepiga and Mishkin in London in the hours before the attack.
Sergeev’s name has been added to Interpol’s watch list along with other suspects, alerting border forces to order his arrest if he strays within the sights of UK courts.
None of the trio can be formally charged unless they are arrested and Russia has confirmed that it does not extradite its citizens.
Charlie said: “I want justice for Dawn. I want people to be arrested, but I don’t want that to happen.
“I carry a lot of guilt. I literally poisoned my girlfriend. Unknowingly, but I still do. Living together is not a good thing.
Russia has always denied any involvement in the Salisbury poisoning.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/uk-news/4624807/salisbury-poisoning-charlie-rowley-perfume-girlfriend-novichok/ I didn’t mean to, but I killed my girlfriend… I’ll never get over it