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Drug dealer Alex King who faked novichok poisoning in Salisbury jailed for 11 years | UK News

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A dealer who claimed he was poisoned with novichok in Salisbury has been jailed for 11 years for his role in supplying £60,000 of drugs.

Alex King, 42, was absent for the sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on Friday, having gone on the run in November.

He gave a series of excuses as to why he could not attend court on nine separate occasions to face the charges, including being ill in hospital, being in a car accident and being out at sea.

Prince Charles and Alex King in 2006
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King met Prince Charles in 2006

On 16 September, he and Russian-born wife Anna Shapiro travelled to Salisbury to have dinner at Prezzo, not far from the Zizzi restaurant where Sergei and Yulia Skripal had dined before they were found slumped on a bench after being poisoned with novichok in March.

King, also known as Alex Von Nidda, collapsed at the restaurant and was rushed to hospital, but was released three days later after doctors found no poison, toxin or obvious neurological reason to explain his symptoms.

Wiltshire Police are still investigating the incident.

The drugs included cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, crack cocaine, ketamine and diazepam. Pic: Met Police
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The drugs King supplied included cocaine, MDMA, ecstasy, crack cocaine, ketamine and diazepam

The previous month, the couple had to be rescued while sailing off the Welsh coast by the RNLI after the boat they bought in Holyhead, north Wales, ran out of fuel.

His “bizarre” party lifestyle was laid bare in court, which heard he sold drugs, including cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine, and arranged high-class escorts, including his wife, to make money.

Lawyer Leon Kazakos told the court he has not had any contact with his client, and the judge warned his absence would not work in his favour.

The court heard he was last seen leaving a flat with his wife near Harley Street, London, on 17 December 17.

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