U.S. Politics Man accused of AC poisoning testifies at trial, insists he’s innocent Published 5 days ago on December 7, 2018 By Frank Couper Share Tweet The owner of an air conditioning company who is accused of vindictively pouring toxic mercury into a cooling unit he’d installed in Queens — sickening a family that had complained of his shoddy service — insisted at his assault trial Thursday that he was innocent and had no vendetta against the victims. “He was a good customer,” Yuriy Kruk said of the Jamaica Estates dad he allegedly poisoned, along with the mom, their young son, and the family dog, which died. Inhaled mercury fumes cause a host of organ and nervous system injuries. “He always pays me, no problem,” Kruk said of the dad, Roman Pinkhasov, while testifying on his own behalf at his attempted assault bench trial in Queens Supreme Court. Kruk spent much of his day on the stand downplaying or denying the mostly circumstantial evidence against him. Prosecutors have said that as he worked on the air conditioner, Kruk kept asking Pinkhasov’s wife, Olga, to leave the room to fetch him cleaning products from elsewhere in the house, thereby giving him the chance to contaminate the A/C without being seen. But the family’s air conditioners needed cleaning, Kruk countered Thursday. “Filthy,” he griped of the downstairs unit. Prosecutors have also said that Kruk incriminated himself by telling Olga to wait until after he’d left before trying out the new air conditioner upstairs — the one he allegedly poisoned. “Did you tell Olga not to turn on the A/C until you left?” defense lawyer Marvyn Kornberg asked his client. “No,” Kruk insisted. “What did you tell Olga?” the lawyer asked. “What I told Olga is don’t put the A/C on until I’m done cleaning the filters,” Kruk said. “It’s a standard procedure. You can’t clean the filter when the A/C is running.” Closing arguments are set for Friday. Share this: This story was originally published by NY Post Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics: Up Next Giants will roll over Mark Sanchez and the Redskins Don't Miss Trump confident US will reach trade deal with China Continue Reading You may like Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics18 mins ago Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC Sean “Diddy” Combs helped to make Cîroc a best-selling vodka — but he and scores of other celebs never said... Business1 hour ago How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Glossier, the hit e-commerce beauty brand that recently opened a flagship store in New York, announced Tuesday that it will... Local2 hours ago Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou has said she will contest allegations of fraud Donald Trump says he could... Local3 hours ago ‘If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?’ Google’s Chief executive Sundar Pichai went in front of US Congress to defend his company to lawmakers. He faced questions... Entertainment3 hours ago Duchess Meghan Gives a Sweet Nod to Father-in-Law Prince Charles Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images A sweet statement! Duchess Meghan gave a... Most Read Local1 week ago Wilder v Fury: Stunning draw in the WBC world heavyweight title fight Sports5 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports5 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?