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Serial killer’s drug dealer jailed for murdering James Bond actor

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GHB killer Gerald Matovu, and his murder victim James Bond actor Eric Michels
Gerald Matovu made off with Eric Michel’s valuables as he lay dying at his home (Picture: PA)

The dealer of serial killer Stephen Port has been jailed for life with a minimum of 31 years for murdering a Bond actor with a chemsex drug.

Gerald Matovu, 26, hooked up with Eric Michels, 54, via gay dating app Grindr in August last year before giving him a fatal dose of GHB.

The killer made off with his bank card details and other belongings as Michels lay dying at his home.

He was found dead in bed the next day by his 14-year-old daughter.

Mr Michels, who had an uncredited role in Skyfall, was one of the 12 men targeted by Matovu and her lover, Brandon Dunbar, 24, over a 19-month period.

Matovu, from Southwark, south London, was found guilty of murder in July following a trial at the Old Bailey.

He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 31 years by Judge Anne Molyneux QC.

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Co-defendant Dunbar was sentenced to 18 years with five on extended licence for his role in the ‘calculated’ scheme to drug and steal from men they met through Grindr.

Undated handout file photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Gerald Matovu, 26, of Southwark, south London, who is facing life behind bars for murdering a former Bond actor. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 11, 2019. Matovu, hooked up with Eric Michels, 54, via Grindr in August last year and plied him with a fatal dose of GHB at his home in Bolton Road, Chessington, Surrey, then made off with his bank card details and other belongings. Mr Michels, who had an uncredited role in Skyfall, was one of 12 men targeted by Matovu and his lover, Brandon Dunbar, 24, over a 19-month period, jurors at the Old Bailey heard. See PA story COURTS Bond. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Gerald Matovu, 26, was the ex drug dealer of chemsex killer Stephen Port (Picture: PA)

The judge told the pair: ‘All were victims of your total lack of respect and callous behaviour. You calculated they would be too embarrassed to report the full extent of what happened to them.

‘They showed dignity and courage in giving evidence in the trial.’

She told Matovu: ‘You had already rendered five men unconscious using G(HB). You were an experienced poisoner and were aware of the dangers of the drug.

‘You knew as far back as 2015 that it could be used to take advantage of others. You knew it could be life-threatening. You are a highly dangerous predator.’

Jurors were not told about Matovu’s connection with former chef Port, 44, who also targeted victims through Grindr, killed them with GHB overdoses and stole their property and bank details.

On August 16 last year, divorced father-of-three Mr Michels made contact with Matovu on Grindr after a night out in Soho gay bars.

Mr Michels invited him to his place for sex in Chessington, where Matovu drugged him and took photographs of his bank cards and driver’s licence.

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He made off with a MacBook, mobile phone an initialled black case, US driving licence and various cards as well as a suitcase full of bottles of alcohol.

Mr Michels’ body was discovered in bed under a duvet the next day by his concerned family.

An empty 3ml syringe without a needle attached was found on the floor beside the bed and was found to carry traces of both Matovu and the victim’s DNA.

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Eric Michels. Gerald Matovu, 26, of Southwark, south London, is facing life behind bars for murdering the former Bond actor. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 11, 2019. Matovu, hooked up with Mr Michels, 54, via Grindr in August last year and plied him with a fatal dose of GHB at his home in Bolton Road, Chessington, Surrey, then made off with his bank card details and other belongings. Mr Michels, who had an uncredited role in Skyfall, was one of 12 men targeted by Matovu and his lover, Brandon Dunbar, 24, over a 19-month period, jurors at the Old Bailey heard. See PA story COURTS Bond. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Skyfall actor Eric Michels was left to die at his home while Matovu made off with his valuables (Picture: PA)

Earlier, Mr Michel’s ex-wife, Diane Michels, said losing him was ‘the worst kind of nightmare’, leaving her to bring up their three children.

Reading a statement in court, she said: ‘My view of the world has changed. I was always a glass half-full type of person. Now I view people with distrust and am wary of my ability to judge others accurately.

‘This has been exacerbated by the callous disregard for Eric’s life that has been displayed in court by the defendants. I never imagined people could be so wicked and my fear and anxiety for the safety of those I care for is now unimaginable.

‘We have to live with the knowledge the last person Eric saw was the person who took his life.’

Son Josh Michels, 24, said the impact of losing his father was ‘unreal’.

He added: ‘I live in regret that I didn’t see my dad every single minute of every single day.

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‘We will do him proud, as he always used to tell us.’

Sam Michels, 21, was living with his father and was at home the night he was killed.

Gerald Matovu arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, where he appeared charged with supplying banned substances to serial killer Stephen Port. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 24, 2016. Matovu, of Great Guildford Street, Southwark, south London, is accused of supplying to Port the class B drug mephedrone, commonly known as meow meow, between July 1 and August 31 2015. See PA story COURTS Matovu. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Matovu arriving as Westminster Magistrates Court in November 2016 (Picture: PA)

He said hearing the defendant accuse his father of rape as part of his defence in court was ‘soul-destroying’.

He added: ‘To me, my dad had the answers to everything and was always the first person I would go to for advice.

‘He was everything to me and I’m completely and utterly lost without him.’

Mr Michels’ 15-year-old daughter, who found his body, said: ‘At 14 I never expected to walk into my own father’s house and find him lying dead in his bed. I would never want anyone to experience that.

‘My dad was my best friend as well as my father, I could literally talk to him about anything, so it’s really hard to accept that I have lost both.’

Pic shows Eric Michels. COLLECT PIC An alleged drug dealer has appeared in court accused of murdering a part-time actor who appeared in a James Bond movie. Energy company executive Eric Michels, 52, was found dead at his home in Chessington, southwest London, on August 18 after he was allegedly poisoned with a party drug. Gerald Matovu, 25, allegedly gave the father-of-three a lethal dose of GHB the previous day. Matovu is charged with the murder of Mr Michels, who died as a result of acute intoxication by the class C drug GHB. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
The Bond actor has left behind three children (Picture: Central News) 

Matovu denied murder but accepted going home with him to have consensual sex.

He was convicted of six counts of administering a noxious substance, seven thefts, six counts of having articles for fraud, murder, assault by penetration, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing GBL drugs.

Dunbar, of Forest Gate, east London, was found guilty of three counts of administering a noxious substance, five thefts, six counts of having articles for fraud, two frauds, assault by penetration, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and dishonestly retaining wrongful credit.

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In 2016, Port was handed a whole life term for raping and murdering four young men and dumping their bodies near his home in Barking between 2014 and 2015.

Following Port’s trial, Matovu pleaded guilty to supplying mephedrone and GHB and offering to supply GHB, but denied knowing what Port planned to do with it.

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