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DNP Dealer jailed for selling toxic diet pills that killed Shrewsbury student Eloise Parry



Staff Member
Aug 11, 2010
A man convicted for selling a toxic chemical as a “slimming aid” which led to the death of a Shrewsbury student was today sentenced to seven years in prison.

Bernard Rebelo, 30, of Gosport, Hampshire, put the dangerous pesticide into capsules, then marketed and sold the poison online as a “fat burner” and “slimming aid”.

Shrewsbury student Eloise Parry, 21, a bulimia sufferer, was one of the people who bought the toxic chemical from Rebelo’s websites.

She died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on 12 April 2015 after taking eight of the DNP capsules.

Despite knowing about Eloise Parry’s death, Bernard Rebelo continued selling his product online, making further efforts to disguise the true purpose by including confusing disclaimers and labels on his websites and packaging.

Rebelo was convicted on Wednesday at Inner London Crown Court of manslaughter and supplying an unsafe food supplement.

It was a raid by Harrow Council in February 2016 of 34a Herga Court, Sudbury Hill, which uncovered Bernard Rebelo’s workshop. He was using the flat to prepare DNP powder into capsules, then package and label them to sell to consumers worldwide through various websites, including one called “Dr Muscle Pharmaceuticals” – the same as Bernard Rebelo’s business name. The labels were designed to evade customs in the USA and Australia, with some packets falsely labelled as ‘plant pigment dye’.

Rebelo sold the capsules over a period of two years with other products designed to help with weight loss, body building or body sculpting. During this time the websites had images of muscled and toned male and female figures, recommended dosing information and links to DNP-related threads on bodybuilding forums.

The raid followed a joint investigation with Ealing Council and the Metropolitan Police. Led to his flat by a trail of evidence from Eloise Parry’s purchase history, environmental health officers from Harrow Council uncovered a vast amount of evidence, including a full 25 kg drum of DNP powder – enough to make 200,000 deadly capsules. The raid also found an empty drum, also imported from China; thousands of home-made DNP capsules and capsules waiting to be filled; the equipment that made the powder into capsules; and the paraphernalia to package and ship items to customers around the world.

Additionally, electronic equipment was seized, which connected Bernard Rebelo to the online selling of his products including the design of websites such as; emails and text messages with customers; evidence of postings on internet forums; evidence of thousands of past orders from all over the globe; and links to his bank accounts which received the proceeds of the sales.



Senior Bacon VIP
Nov 1, 2010
8 caps all at once?.......or 8 total? If 8 at once I would call it suicide intentionally
Pretty sure life's not worth it after 8 caps anyway. Assuming a 200mg per. Not to mention she was probably already a week or so in and not satisfied with the results so more like 10 or 12


VIP Member
May 30, 2018
Not sure it was intentional suicide probably someone who didn't educate herself and know just how dangerous it can be. People always assume more is better.


VIP Member
Mar 18, 2012
Sad to see a death related to DNP, and it's entirely possible she had no idea what she was taking.

Everyone looking for that quick fix...


VIP Member
Mar 7, 2012
Sad to see a death related to DNP, and it's entirely possible she had no idea what she was taking.

Everyone looking for that quick fix...
I was wondering the same thing. Did this guy emphasize the dangers of what he was selling? There's a big difference between taking 8 DNP caps compared to taking 8 Ephedrine.
Her suffering from a psychological disorder like bulimia didn't help the situation either.


VIP Member
Oct 11, 2011
8 at once:

A 21-year-old student “burned up from the inside” and died after taking a lethal dose of diet pills she bought online.

Eloise Parry died when her metabolism went into overdrive and her heart stopped from taking dinitrophenol, or DNP.

Her devastated mother, Fiona, has warned of the dangers of the drug, saying doctors at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Britain’s Shropshire “never had a chance” of saving her beloved daughter.

Eloise Parry drove herself to the hospital after she began feeling unwell around midday April 12, her mother told The Sun.

Staff performed a toxicity test on the Glyndwr University student. Tragically, Eloise had swallowed eight diet pills, six more than a lethal dose.

“She had taken so much DNP that the consequences were inevitable. They never stood a chance of saving her. She burned and crashed,” her mother told The Sun.

“She never intended to take her own life. She just never really understood how dangerous the tablets that she took were.

“Most of us don’t believe that a slimming tablet could possibly kill us. DNP is not a miracle slimming pill. It is a deadly toxin.”

Eloise is believed to have bought the pills online, where they retail for around $200.

West Mercia police are conducting a full investigation into the causes of the student’s death.


VIP Member
Dec 9, 2010
a "mate" of mine told me that she was bone thin already
and taking 8 at once def killed her