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Man jailed for selling 'toxic' slimming pill which killed a bulimic student

Bulimic student Eloise Parry, died after taking toxic diet pills she bought online from dealer Bernard Rebelo. Credit: West Mercia Police/PA

A man has been jailed for seven years after selling toxic slimming pills online which killed a bulimic student.

Bernard Rebelo, 32, was twice convicted of killing Eloise Parry, 21, after the Court of Appeal last year ordered a retrial at the Old Bailey.

Parry, of Shrewsbury died in April 2015 after taking eight tablets containing the poisonous Dinitrophenol (DNP).

Side affects of DNP included multiple organ failure, coma and cardiac arrest.

The 32-year-old was accused of buying the yellow powder from a chemical factory in China and selling it on, in tablet form, to people around the world.

Miss Parry died after becoming dependent on the pills. Credit: Harrow Council/PA

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Ms Parry's mother, Fiona Parry, said her hopes for her daughter had been "destroyed."

Eloise had many problems in her life but I always hoped they would be sorted.

"In the latter part of her life there were positive signs that things were getting better. She was working towards achieving her goals.

"She had plans for the future including travelling and seeing the world, not just a career.

"When Eloise died, her life was undone and her plans were unravelled. In that moment, my hopes were destroyed."

– Fiona Parry:

Rebelo, from Gosport in Hampshire, was sentenced to seven years in prison, minus the 301 days he has already served.

Sentencing him, Mrs Justice Whipple said that he had shown a "blatant disregard for risk of death" by selling the substance that was "not fit for human consumption".

DNP is an extremely toxic substance. It is a yellow powder which was originally used in making munitions in World War One.

"It was banned in the USA in 1938, because it was dangerous and unsafe and not fit for human consumption.

"DNP has a market in the UK amongst bodybuilders and those that want to lose weight.

"Eloise Parry had a distorted body image and a morbid desire for thinness. She had been a regular customer of yours in the weeks leading up to her death.

"By selling her the DNP, you caused her death - it is that simple."<

– Mrs Justice Whipple:

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