March 22, 2023

Young woman appears in court charged with murder of Kilkenny dancer in London

An 18-year-old woman has appeared in court in the UK charged with murdering talented Kilkenny dancer Adrian Murphy.

Diana Cristea is accused of the murder of the hugely popular 43-year-old, who was found dead at an apartment in Battersea, London, on June 4 last year.

She is also charged with poisoning by administering a substance to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm in a separate incident against another man in north London, on May 30 2019.

Ms Cristea also faces two counts of theft and two counts of fraud in relation to both victims, after their bank cards were used to purchase technology and other luxury items.

She appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until her next hearing at the Old Bailey on January 17. A man remains in custody in relation to the same incidents.

Joel Osei, 25, of no fixed abode, was arrested on 24 October last and the following day was charged with two counts of poisoning, relating to both incidents, two counts of theft and six counts of fraud.

He was charged with murder on 5 December and remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on February 17.

Mr Murphy was a seven-time Irish dancing champion who produced and choreographed a number of top shows, including Feet of Fire and Firedance.

He also taught, worked on holiday programs, hosted dance classes, and delivered workshops and masterclasses in Ireland, Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

Mr Murphy was laid to rest in his native Kilkenny besides his parents on July 17 last.

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