Lawyer who injected food at Tesco, Sainsbury’s & Waitrose with his own BLOOD denies guilt by reason of madness

A SOLICITOR who injected his own blood into supermarket food and caused millions of pounds in damage has denied his guilt by claiming he has lost his mind.

Leoaai Elghareeb, 37, has denied carrying a bucket of black syringes and throwing them at people outside and inside a Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s store in West London last year.

Leoaai Elghareeb has denied the charges against him


Leoaai Elghareeb has denied the charges against him
The jury was shown CCTV footage of him allegedly injecting blood into the food


The jury was shown CCTV footage of him allegedly injecting blood into the foodCredit: Alamy

He also allegedly threw a blood syringe at an NHS doctor in the street during his alleged riot on 25 August on Fulham Palace Road.

Judges at Isleworth Crown Court were shown CCTV footage of Elghareeb intentionally injecting syringes into apples, packages of chicken tikka fillets and ready-to-eat meals in three supermarkets.

At a store in Sainsbury’s, he threw eggs and cursed at employees and customers, before reportedly shoving a security guard in the chest.

Officers arrested Elghareed outside a pub shortly after he threw a potted plant through an open door, with 21 syringes discovered.

A Waitrose worker also told the court that a week before the incident, he had seen the lawyer “smell the packaging” at the store.

All stores are required to take precautions to dispose of and destroy all of their products, and restock, before reopening a few days later.

This resulted in costs of £207,000 for Waitrose, £143,000 for Sainsbury’s and £117,000 for Tesco.

Elghareeb pleaded guilty today to three counts of contaminating food with intent to cause public alarm, anxiety or injury, and two counts of assault by beating.

Prosecutor Philip Stott told the court: “On the early evening of a late summer day last summer, Mr Elghareeb walked down Fulham Palace Road in West London carrying a container full of syringes, some with needles attached. subcutaneously.

“Several syringes were filled with blood – his own. Mr. Elghareeb then walked into three supermarkets on Fulham Palace Road – in order: Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco – and proceeded to glue the syringes to the stores. food products within the branches of such supermarkets.

“On the way, he also threw several syringes at people inside and outside the store, including hitting a passerby in the street.

“When confronted, because of his actions, in front of a bunch of store employees inside the supermarket, he attacked one of them by shoving him, in addition hurling insults at others. around.”

Waitrose worker George Bruce recalls Elghareeb throwing things in his direction, who looked “very tired” as if he “hadn’t slept in days.

The customer then came in to remark to the staff that the needles were on the food, prompting the managers to evacuate the store.

Security guard Bilal Ansari, who works for Sainsbury’s, claimed that Elghareeb called him “a coward” and also shouted that “Sainsbury is vile”.

He also witnessed him shouting “why are you looking at me, you fat b***h” before hurling an egg at a customer.

Dr Meghana Kulkarni was walking towards the Thames as Elghareeb was walking towards her, before hurling a plastic syringe at her chest.

‘Sickness of the psyche’

Mr Stott added: “He then went into a branch of Little Waitrose, located at Fulham Palace Road 201-2017. He started throwing syringes and also to stick them on food packages there.

“Once the staff realized what had happened, they told everyone to quit shopping and leave, then close the store.

“Several syringes filled with blood were recovered from the branch, some of which were found on the floor, and some stuck to packages of food, such as applesauce and a packet of chicken tikka fillets.

“After leaving Waitrose, defendant continued north along Fulham Palace Road and entered a branch of Sainsbury’s Local.

“He did the same thing, threw the syringes and glued them to the product inside the store.

“The defendant pushed one of the security guards into his chest. It was Mr. Bilal Ansari.

“Again, employees closed the store and found syringes on the floor and on items like meat packs and ready meals.

“As you’d expect Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco have thoroughly searched their stores and then cleaned them up before being able to reopen.

The juries were informed during the Elghareeb deal to take actions on August 25, 2021 and he is fit to appear in court now, the defense will say he is “mentally ill with a mental illness.” so he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Wrong.”

Elghareeb, wearing a gray tracksuit and prison glasses, spoke only during arrangements to confirm his name and issue five pleas not to be guilty of food contamination and assault.

He repeatedly shook his feet during the hearing but showed no other emotion.

The trial continued. Lawyer who injected food at Tesco, Sainsbury’s & Waitrose with his own BLOOD denies guilt by reason of madness

Bobby Allyn

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