A woman has been cleared of attempting to kill her mother by poisoning her diet coke in a plot said to have been inspired by the cult American TV show Breaking Bad.
Kuntal Patel, 37, was accused of lacing her mother Meena’s drink with a ricin-like toxin after she “forbade” her from marrying her fiance.
Giving evidence in the trial, Patel admitted she fantasised about being a lead character in Breaking Bad in an obsession that drove her to pay £950 in the virtual currency Bitcoin for a quantity of deadly abrin.
“It was like I saw myself to be some kind of Mexican drug warlord. I would think it through as if I was the main character in Breaking Bad,” Patel said in evidence at Southwark crown court. “It was all a big mess. A complete and utter mess.”
Patel, a volunteer at the London Olympics, was found not guilty of attempted murder by a jury on Thursday. She had previously pleaded guilty to acquiring a biological agent or toxin.