Cleaner spiked colleagues’ coffee with Viagra, UK court hears

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Cleaner spiked colleagues’ coffee with Viagra, UK court hears

A cleaner spiked her colleagues’ coffee with Viagra, a court heard.

Karen Beale, 62, had worked at Envirograf, a fire safety product producer, for seven years when she was allegedly caught lacing Nescafé instant coffee with a foreign substance.

She was filmed at the factory in Dover, Kent, in September 2018 by a hidden camera after a staff member claimed her morning cup of coffee tasted odd.

The drink had blue and white specks in it, Canterbury Crown Court in the UK heard.

Police were informed and it was later discovered that two coffee jars contained a number of abnormal ‘“ingredients”.

This included Sildenafil, an erectile dysfunction treatment sold under the Viagra brand, as well as a medication for high cholesterol.

“Not what you would expect to be in Nescafé,” said prosecutor Matthew Hodgetts at the start of Beale’s trial.

The 13 minute-long footage was said to have shown Beale wearing blue latex gloves as she picked up a jar of coffee, shook it, and removed the lid before placing it back on a shelf.

“The defendant had already put something in and was checking it was still there,” said Hodgetts.

It was claimed Beale had already added the substances to the jar when the footage was captured and was checking it was still there.

Another clip showed the night cleaner using her sleeve pulled over her bare hand in an attempt to avoid leaving fingerprints, the prosecution said.

Beale denies the two offences of attempting to administer a poison with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy between between July 2017 and September 2018.

The court heard the contaminated jars of Nescafé Blend 37 were found in offices belonging to accountant Katrina Gravenor and company secretary Jean Smith.

Although the chemicals were not toxic or would “necessarily cause problems”, according to Hodgetts, it is alleged Beale, a mother-of-three, intended harm.

odgetts told the jury: “She was intending that there would be some effect on those two women by putting it in their coffee. That’s why the prosecution say she was attempting to poison.

“She denies placing or attempting to place any substance into those coffee jars and is possibly going to suggest that these allegations against her are malicious in nature.

“But the prosecution say quite plainly those substances were put into those two women’s coffee, hoping and intending it would have some effect and, at the very least, some annoyance.”

The jury heard Gravenor installed the covert camera after she became suspicious at the sight and taste of her beverage.

The court heard Gravenor, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, even wrote a letter to her GP in August that year saying something was making her ill and she had “narrowed it down” to her coffee.

But the doctor told police Gravenor’s arthritis was “unlikely” to be linked to her drink.

A jar in Smith’s office was found to contain what appeared as a blue, white and pink granulated substance.

The jury heard Gravenor installed the covert camera after she became suspicious at the sight and taste of her beverage.

The court heard Gravenor, who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, even wrote a letter to her GP in August that year saying something was making her ill and she had “narrowed it down” to her coffee.

But the doctor told police Gravenor’s arthritis was “unlikely” to be linked to her drink.

A jar in Smith’s office was found to contain what appeared as a blue, white and pink granulated substance.

 

Article written by (Alex Barton, www.stuff.co.nz – Original article)

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