POISON SWEET PLAN WAS AN ORDER
Sydney Daily Mirror, Feb 2, 1988
Three strangers [Scienbtologists] forced me into it - defendant
A MAN who tried to poison his wife's German aunt by sending her strychnine-laced chocolates told the court today he was ordered to do it by three people.
Milan Nekuda, 39, of West Ryde, has pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to maliciously delivering a noxious thing with intent to cause grevious bodily harm.
Nekuda admitted mailing a box of chocolates that had been injected with strychnine to his wife's aunt, Marianne Gertrude Schur. in West Germany.
Yesterday the court heard the chocolates arrived in Germany in September 1984.
Nekuda had arranged for them to be sent on to Mrs Schur by Mira Mikulic. Instead they wire received by her friend Dusan Sanic.
The court heard that before he knew the chocolates were to be re-di-rected, Mr Sanic offered them to six people, including a man who ate two and spent six days in a coma,
The others spat out the chocolates.
Today. giving evidence before Mr Justice Slattery Nekuda said he had been forced to do it. He said in February 1984 two men and a woman came to his house and told him they knew he had been convicted of murdering his first wife's lover in South Africa and also had outstanding fraud charges in that country.
Mr Nakuda said they told him they would expose his past ift he did not co-operate, and his five-year-old daughter "might have an accident."
"I was told I would have to get rid of Mrs Schur," Nakuda said.
They told me I would have to pay them $10,000 within a month." Nakuda said he delivered $10,000 to a Chatswood Post Office box.
He acquired some strychnine from a -friend's -farm and injected the chocolates through the wrapper, Nakuda said he had followed one of the men to the Church of Scientology in Castlereagh St.
Yesterday the court heard Mrs Schur, 72, had disinherited another niece because she had become involved with that church.
The plea hearing continues.