Australia charges woman with using needles to contaminate strawberries

12 November, 2018, 10:41 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • BREAKING: Woman arrested following major investigation into national strawberry contamination

A woman has been charged after a "complex" investigation into an Australian strawberry scare where needles were found stuck into the fruit, police said today, in a crisis that sparked nationwide panic.

She was arrested in Brisbane on Sunday, two months after Queensland Police fronted the media to warn about punnets being contaminated with needles.

Officials from the strawberry association said they "have reason to suspect that a disgruntled ex-employee" of Woolworth, the supermarket where numerous affected strawberries were sold, was behind the contamination.

A man, Hoani Hearne, was hospitalized in September after swallowing half a needle hidden in a strawberry.

The newspaper added that the suspect was believed to have grievances about her employer, and the police case involved discussions she allegedly had with others about seeking revenge.

"Queensland Strawberry Growers Association (QSGA) are pleased to be advised that police have arrested someone and charged them with the original act of product sabotage in the needles in strawberries incident", it read.

Trinh faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty after Australia's conservative government toughened sentencing in a bid to contain the crisis.

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"Following an extensive investigation, officers arrested a 50-year-old woman this afternoon".

A police taskforce was established with officers from the State Crime Command co-ordinating the investigation together with detectives in a number of police districts in Queensland.

The court in Brisbane on Monday heard that Ms Trinh's DNA had been found on strawberries in the state of Victoria.

The woman, whose identity has not yet been released by police, faces seven counts of contamination of goods, according to a statement released by the Queensland Police Service.

Queensland's strawberry industry collapsed during the industry's growing season, with thousands of strawberries dumped as supermarkets and shops pulled the fruit from shelves.

September 16 - Contamination spreads to South Australia after a pin is found in Mal's Black Label brand. Australia also criminalized hoax claims.

Strawberry growers welcomed the charges but blamed social media for the crisis.

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