Indonesian Woman Sentenced to Prison for Poisoned Iced Coffee

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A coffee date turned lethal when this woman spiked her friend’s drink with cyanide
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Vietnamese iced coffee is usually made with sweetened condensed milk, not a lethal dose of cyanide.

Jessica Kumala Wongso literally picked her poison when she was sentenced last Wednesday to 20 years in prison for poisoning her friend’s coffee at Olivier, a café in Jakarta, Indonesia, nine months ago, killing her friend.

After one minute and only  one sip of the Vietnamese iced coffee laced with cyanide, the friend, Wayan Mirna Salihin, 27, collapsed and started convulsing, according to The New York Times. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was cyanide poisoning.

Closed-circuit television footage from Jan. 6, the day of the incident, showed Wongso blocking the camera’s view of the drinks with shopping bags on the table and placing the bags on the seats shortly after.

During the trial, the prosecution claimed Wongso wanted to kill Salihin because Salihin allegedly insulted Wongso’s former boyfriend by suggesting she break up with him, which angered the defendant. Salihin had also recently married, which prosecutors argued made Wongso jealous. Wongso was found guilty, but her defense team is looking to appeal.

In a morbid twist, many people are now visiting the café in one of Indonesia’s largest upscale shopping malls to sit in the booth where Salihin was poisoned and indulge in the Vietnamese iced coffee she drank last, The New York Times reported. 

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