Bottle splintered in hands of novichok victim

"Dawn sprayed what was inside it on both her wrists and rubbed them together, like you do when you're trying perfume", Matthew told the news outlet.

Sturgess, who was a mother of three, died on July 8 and the police have launched an investigation into the matter.

Rowley's brother said he thought Rowley was going to die after he heard Sturgess had passed away.

Park, where the restrooms are located, have suffered from Rookie Charlie Rowley and don Sturges visited during a walk.

A man who was critically hurt after being exposed to nerve agent novichok has been discharged from hospital.

On July 19, British media reported that investigators believe they have identified the suspects responsible for the Skripal attack using security-camera footage and records of people entering the country.

Neil Basu, the Met Police's assistant commissioner for specialist operations, said earlier this month his officers were working on the theory that Sturgess and Rowley had found a container housing the substance.

Mr Rowley told his brother Matthew that he and Miss Sturgess were contaminated after handling a container disguised as a perfume bottle
Mr Rowley told his brother Matthew that he and Miss Sturgess were contaminated after handling a container disguised as a perfume bottle Credit AFP

On June 30, Charlie Rowley (45) and his partner, Dawn Sturgess (44) were admitted to the hospital after the couple was exposed to Novichok, the same nerve gas which was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier in March.

When asked if the names of the suspects had been run past the Russian authorities, the Prime Minister's deputy official spokeswoman said: "This is an on-going complex investigation and I can't comment on the speculation around it". Britain has blamed Russian Federation for poisoning the spy and his daughter, who both recovered, as well as accidently poisoning the two other Britons.

"Both Dawn and Charlie had been poisoned by a powerful nerve agent".

Ridley, the coroner, said samples taken from both Sturgess and Rowley tested positive for Novichok at Britain's defence research labs.

Britain has blamed Russian Federation for the attack on the Skripals - a charge strongly denied by Moscow which has challenged British authorities to publish the evidence.

She added: "We continue to work closely with Public Health England, who have advised that Charlie poses no risk to the community".

Teams of specialist officers are continuing their forensic search for traces of novichok at Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury.

  • Joey Payne