Amesbury novichok victim suffered damage to hands and face

Dawn Sturgess Official Picture

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:53pm 18th July 2018. (Updated at 2:17pm 18th July 2018)

Some details have emerged from a post-mortem investigation into the death of Dawn Sturgess.

Sky News understands that 44 year old Dawn had suffered injuries to her hands and face as a result of the novichok poisoning.

She passed away at Salisbury District Hospital on Sunday July 8th, after being taken ill on June 30th, at the home of her partner, Charlie Rowley.

Charlie remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital as a result.

A post-mortem examination on Dawn got underway yesterday (Tuesday July 17th).


Detectives are now looking at the possibility that Ms Sturgess put the substance on her face and hands, believing it to be perfume.

At the end of last week, the Met Police confirmed that they had found a small bottle within Charlie Rowley's house.

It's believed that is the source of the contamination that affected the couple.

Matthew Rowley has told relatives that his brother remembers giving Dawn what appeared to be a small perfume bottle before the pair were exposed to the nerve agent.

An inquest into Dawn's death is due to open at Salisbury Coroners Court tomorrow (Thursday July 19th).

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