December 2, 2023

‘Adrian is dancing amongst the stars’ – brother of murdered Kilkenny man pays moving tribute to dancer as killers convicted

The brother of murdered Kilkenny man Adrian Murphy paid a poignant tribute to the “inspirational” champion Irish dancer this week after a couple were found guilty of his murder.

Joel Osei (25) and Diana Cristea (19) were found guilty of murdering Mr Murphy at a 17th-floor apartment in Battersea, southwest London, in June 2019.

The trial heard the pair poisoned the popular Irish dancer (43) with a drug called scopolamine, commonly known as ‘Devils Breath’, after befriending him using fake profiles on a dating app.

Following the verdict, Mr Murphy’s brother Robert paid a moving tribute to the dancer, saying his death had left a “huge void” in the family’s life.

“The world is full of sameness, but this could not be said of our brother Adrian,” Robert said.

“Adrian brought the love and art of dance to thousands of young people all over the world.

“He made so many loyal friends who are so sad at his untimely passing as he was an inspirational Irishman, who was a gifted dancer and choreographer.

“Adrian’s legacy is that of a hero and hopefully his tragic death has stopped this happening to any other innocent victim.

“He is now dancing amongst the stars.”

Mr Murphy, who was from the Maudlin Street area of the city, was laid to rest beside his parents in St Kieran’s Cemetery last year.


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