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Poison trial told of death on Nile.

A LAWYER'S boyfriend poisoned her with cyanide on a Nile holiday to inherit her fortune, a court was told yesterday.

John Allan, 47, allegedly murdered wealthy Cheryl Lewis in a hotel in Luxor, Egypt, last October.

The motive was the pounds 400,000 he stood to gain in her will David Steer, QC, prosecuting told Liverpool Crown Court.

When Cheryl, who was 43, died, Allan claimed it may have been the work of a notorious Liverpool drug dealer.

The court heard Allan, who denies her murder, had also claimed to be a British government special agent in Africa and had said she may have been killed because of his past. But, Mr Steer told the court, police later found floppy discs at the couple's home in the Wirral with three different versions of her will.

The prosecution claim Allan then changed it to make himself the main beneficiary.

A Mercedes belonging to Cheryl and driven by Allan was searched and sodium cyanide found in it.

An American tourist who tried to revive Cheryl in the hotel room found her sweating profusely, barely breathing and foaming from the mouth, Mr Steer said.

She also noticed a stench coming from her mouth and her skin was ashen grey.

The trail continues.
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