Parents of novichok victim speak out over their daughter's death

Parents of novichok victim speak out over their daughter's death

Published by Helen Down at 11:29am 16th February 2019. (Updated at 11:41am 16th February 2019)

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Talking publicly for the first time the mum and dad of Dawn Sturgess question why an ex-spy was living in Salisbury.

The parents of the woman who died in the Wiltshire Novichok poisonings have raised concerns about why former spy Sergei Skripal was housed in Salisbury.

Stan and Caroline Sturgess, whose daughter Dawn died in July last year four months after the nerve agent attack on Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia, spoke of unanswered questions about the case and said they were seeking "justice".

The Russian state is alleged to have poisoned Mr Skripal with Novichok hidden in a perfume bottle in Salisbury, with Charlie Rowley and Ms Sturgess falling ill in nearby Amesbury last June after coming into contact with the same nerve agent.

In an interview with The Guardian Mr Sturgess said:

"I want justice from our own Government. What are they hiding? I don't think they have given us all the facts.

"If anyone, I blame the Government for putting Skripal in Salisbury.

"If they'd targeted Dawn specifically, it would be different. I don't care if they (the alleged attackers of the Skripals) are arrested or put in prison."

"I don't know where Skripal is and I don't know what I'd do if I met him. He's still got his daughter."

Mrs Sturgess, a retired civil servant, told the paper:

"It's sad they ended up in a coma but they weren't the true victims. (Skripal) took risks - he must have known there was a chance people were still after him."

Both Mr Skripal and his daughter Yulia were critically ill after the alleged assassination attempt in which the nerve agent had been sprayed on a door handle at their home in Christie Miller Road.

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who attended the scene, also needed hospital treatment talked to Spire FM about the experience:

Last September, Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service said there was sufficient evidence to charge two Russian nationals named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov with offences including conspiracy to murder over the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

It was subsequently reported by Bellingcat that Mr Boshirov was actually highly-decorated Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, and Mr Petrov was a military doctor called Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin.

Both men told Russian state-funded news channel RT they travelled to the "wonderful" city in Wiltshire to see Stonehenge and Old Sarum after recommendations from friends.

Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov Pics September 2018
Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov

Russian president Vladimir Putin has previously denied the men identified by the UK were responsible for the attack.

The Government has been contacted for comment.

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