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    Mar 2009

    UK - Man cleared of poisoning Stowe School soup

    Stowe School kitchen porter cleared of poisoning soup meant for pupils

    A kitchen porter at a top public school has been acquitted of attempting to poison the pupils' soup.

    Maxwell Cook was accused of pouring a bleach-like cleaning product into the carrot and coriander soup at Stowe School, Buckinghamshire.

    But after 2˝ hours deliberation, the jury of 11 women and one man found him not guilty of attempting to administer poison with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy.
    more at Guardian link above
    Robert Spencer-Bernard, prosecuting, said that on March 11 last year trainee chef Louise Samples ‘saw the defendant at the stove by the pot of soup and he was pouring a clear liquid from a container into the pot’.
    When Maxwell was asked if he had done anything to the soup, he replied: ‘No mate.’
    Cook's defence barrister, Henry James, asked Miss Samples whether in fact it was she had who poisoned the soup to discredit the chef, with whom she was competing for a job.

    But the trainee denied this, telling the court in a shaky voice: 'Everyone I work with is like a second family to me.'
    more, with pictures, at Daily Mail link below:

    Kitchen porter at top public school 'poured bleach into soup in bid to poison pupils'

    So - who did poison the Stowe School soup?

  2. #2
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    Aug 2008
    On Battleship Hill
    For some reason this episode of British life reminds me of a nursery rhyme, long lost in the mists of time...

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    Mar 2009
    In olden times (not too far back, really), a good poisoning case was sure to occasion a childs' rhyme springing up in the streets, with variations galore; Mary Ann Cotton was hanged in 1873 and was believed to have poisoned 21 people - husbands, lovers, children, people who looked at her funny, etc.

    Mary Ann Cotton,
    She's dead and she's rotten
    She lies in her bed,
    With her eyes wide open
    Sing, sing, oh, what can I sing,
    Mary Ann Cotton is tied up with string
    Where, where? Up in the air
    Sellin' black puddens a penny a pair.

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    LadyL is offline Sleuthing for Lonzie Barton & All Victims.
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    Aug 2009
    he's only 58? he looks more like 88 to me ...

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