Diet pill pusher slammed for showing 'no remorse' as he's jailed for seven years over death of vulnerable student
Bernard Rebelo, 31, from Gosport, made millions from selling DNP pills to vulnerable men and women who were obsessed with their weight.
But as he was locked up Judge Jeremy Donne slammed the cold-hearted pusher who was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court today.
He was told: "You are said to be a loving family man, devoted to your daughter – I hope you can reflect on what the death of Eloise has meant to her mother, sister and extended family."
Eloise, 21, from Shrewsbury, suffered from bulimia and bought capsules of the unpredictable drug from Rebelo’s website.
Low dosages of DNP burn fat, but the slightest overdose can destroy the cells of the body’s vital organs – including the heart.
Eloise, a student at a university in Wales, took eight and died hours later in hospital in April 2015.
Today pictures of drums of the toxic chemicals used in the pills were released by cops.
Her mother Fiona Parry said her daughter had "many problems in life" but that there had been "positive signs that things were changing for the better".
"I had hoped that somehow they would be sorted," she said in a statement read to the court.
She said her daughter had a number of plans for her future, including her degree, career and to travel the world.
"When Eloise died her life was undone and her possible future unravelled and in that moment the hope I had for her was also destroyed," she added.
Judge Jeremy Donne described Miss Parry as an "intelligent, articulate young woman who struggled with her mental health".
Rebelo bought the chemical from China at £340 for a 24 kilo drum and repackaged it in capsules – making a profit of £200,000 per drum.
While 16 people died from taking DNP, he lived a life of luxury and posed for pictures behind the wheel of his Porsche and Corvette sports cars, while wearing a Rolex.
Rebelo, made at least £100,000-a-year selling DNP, and with partner Mary Roberts, 32, jetted across Europe and the Americas in 2014.
He admitted selling Eloise the pills but said a warning on his website indicated it was not for human consumption – even though the drug was sold in capsule form.
Rebelo was convicted of manslaughter and placing unfit food on the market at Inner London Crown Court.
Roberts and business partner Abert Huynh, 32, were cleared of the charges at the end of the prosecution case due to insufficient evidence.
The couple wept and Rebelo asked "Can I see my daughter?" as the verdicts were announced.
Roberts was also cleared of a single count of money laundering – transferring £20,000 on behalf of Rebelo in February 2016.
The court heard how he started his business in 2012 initially selling steroids, before importing DNP as a yellow powder.
The pills were made from the powder in a flat in Harrow, where the DNP stained the carpets yellow.
Rebelo used two websites: www.drmusclepharmaceuticals.com and www.bionicpharmaceuticals.com to shift the pills, using Bitcoin because it was an 'anonymous and safe method'.
A single DNP pill can be fatal and the chemical causes vomiting, restlessness, dizziness and a irregular heartbeat.
Consuming lower amounts over longer periods could lead to cataracts and skin lesions and shut down the impact on the heart, blood and nervous system.
Professor Simon Thomas, a consultant physician told the court using DNP was known as "Russian Roulette" because the user could either lose weight – or die.
"There is uncertainty whether a particular dose will give the desired effects, or in fact produce life threatening and fatal effects,' he told the court.
"I think that is where the phrase comes from.'
"DNP causes some degree of weight reduction and loss of fat, but that is at the expense or risk to the cells of the body and the organs.
"The dose required to produce these more severe symptoms is relatively low and not much higher than the dosage required to secure weight loss.
Rebelo insisted he had never intended the pills for human consumption.
"I did not expect anyone who bought it to eat it. It has numerous uses like pesticides, fertiliser and paint dye,' he said.
"Nowhere was it indicated that it was a weight loss pill or a diet pill.
"We sold different capsules for fertilisers, for plants in the garden, rat poison, glitter bombs, hair and beauty capsules and fake blood in capsules.
"Customers brought DNP capsules that could dye flowers in flower arrangements.
"I sold it in capsules because it was the most professional way to sell and send it. I wasn't selling it as drugs.
He added: "We have a fish tank at my parents house and plant food for that came in capsule form."
Rebelo, from Beckton, East London, denied was convicted of manslaughter and placing unfit food on the market.
Huynh, from Northolt, West London, and Roberts, of from, Southall, denied and were cleared of manslaughter and placing unfit food on the market due to insufficient evidence.
Roberts was cleared of money laundering.
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