Woman finds used heroin needle in loaf of bread

Woman finds used heroin needle in loaf of bread
Published: 2013 February 08 19:48:25 (11971 Views)
A woman was left 'alarmed and distressed' when she found a used heroin needle in a loaf of bread while she made a  sandwich for her 10 year old son.

The mother had taken two slices from the pack of Roberts wholemeal bread, which she had bought from a local Tesco store, when she made the discovery.

It emerged the dirty needle had been pushed through the loaf's plastic wrapper by David Rodgers when he visited the shop with his wife.

Rodgers, 61, had been desperate to dispose of the needle so his wife wouldn't know he was back on the drug.

He had already used it for a heroin 'fix' before he hid it in the bread in Tesco Extra, Pendleton, on December 1.

A court heard the mother, who bought it later that day noticed the syringe while making the sandwich for her 10-year-old son.

She handed it in to police, who used DNA tracing to track down Rodgers.

He pleaded guilty to contaminating the loaf with intent to cause public alarm at Manchester magistrates' court. The case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports. Rodgers - of Salford - was warned he could face jail.



Dominic Geelan, prosecuting, said there was no suggestion Rodgers had any sort of grudge against Tesco.

He said Rodgers had kept the needle in his pocket for two days after injecting himself with heroin.

The court heard Rodgers told police: "It's hard to believe what I did, being a father and grandad."

Mr Geelan said Rodgers was at a loss to explain his actions.

He added: "The only reason he could think of was that he didn't want his wife to know he was using heroin again."

Rodgers was said to be aware of the 'hurt and distress' caused to the mother and her family.

He accepted he could have thrown the needle on the floor or under shelving in the store.

A Tesco spokesman said: "We have been working closely with the police throughout their investigation and on behalf of our customers are pleased that this has been resolved."



Source - Telegraph

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