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‘Rum adulterated with cocaine’ killed man (63)

A man given a bottle of rum died after he added a dash to his Guinness — unaware that his present contained pure liquid cocaine, a court heard.

Lascell Malcolm (63) collapsed with a heart attack after drinking from the bottle, which was one of five smuggled into the country, each containing around 250g (8.8oz) of the Class A drug.

The unwitting father-of-two accepted the gift from an equally unsuspecting friend, Antoinette Corlis, after he collected her from Gatwick Airport, jurors were told.

Neither knew that Ms Corlis, who had flown back from a holiday in St Lucia, had been used as a drugs mule by Martin Newman, prosecutors said.

Croydon Crown Court heard yesterday how Newman (50) had asked her and another friend, Michael Lawrence to carry some Bounty rum back to Britain. Jurors heard that Newman approached the pair on May 24 last year, while they were waiting to check in.

Mr Malcolm died the day after he drank the rum from a heart attack caused by cocaine poisoning. Newman, of Romford in Essex, denies manslaughter and importation of drugs.

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