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Actor ‘killed by chemsex drug during Grindr date’

Appeared in Skyfall: Eric Michels PICTURE: CENTRAL

A BOND actor was killed by an overdose of chemsex drug GHB after meeting a fraudster on the gay dating app Grindr, a court has heard.

Eric Michels, who had an uncredited role in Skyfall, was allegedly murdered at his home by Gerald Matovu.

Over 19 months, Matovu, 25, and his lover Brandon Dunbar, 23, targeted 12 men, their Old Bailey trial was told.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said the pair often worked together and ‘took advantage of hook-ups arranged with other gay men through apps, such as Grindr, to steal their property and take photographs of their bank cards and other identification documents for the purposes of fraud’.

Nine men met both defendants while three only met Matovu. Eight were drugged, the court was told.

Mr Michels, 54, a father-of-three, split from his wife Diane in 2010 and worked for a large energy company.

He went to gay bars in Soho, central London, before making contact with Matovu through Grindr on August 16 last year, jurors heard. Mr Rees said Mr Michels invited Matovu to his home in Chessington, south-west London, for sex, before he was killed.

Matovu, of Southwark, south London, denies murder and 20 other charges including administering a poison or noxious substance, assault, fraud, theft and possession of a class C drug.

Dunbar, of Forest Gate, east London, denies 22 charges including administering a poison with intent to endanger life, assault, theft and fraud.

The trial continues.