Algerian chemist jailed for nine years
An unemployed Algerian chemist dubbed a serious risk to the public was jailed for nine years today for contaminating food and wine by spraying his own urine and faeces in supermarkets.
Sahnoun Daifallah also sprayed the slurry over children’s books and in a pub as he carried out his foul campaign by concealing a 1.5 litre weed killer container in a lap top bag modified to allow the nozzle to poke out.
Daifallah, 42, was last month found guilty of four counts of contaminating goods at Tesco and Morrisons in Gloucester, Waterstones bookstore in Cirencester and the Air Balloon pub near Birdlip on May 14 and 16 last year.
The incidents caused £700,000 of damage to products and in lost businesses when the stores had to close.
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When police searched his house they found stockpiles of the mixture and plans to spread the muck in other cities including Bristol and Birmingham.
Daifallah, who had fantasies about biological weapons to cause public alarm, was also found guilty of having an offensive weapon, namely a catapult with marbles.
Today Judge Carol Hagen said security agencies had labelled Algerian-born Daifallah, who has a degree in industrial chemistry, a very high risk to public safety.
She sentenced him at Bristol Crown Court today to concurrent sentences of three years, five years and two of nine years for the contamination offences and 12 months for possession of a weapon.
She told him that during the seven day trial, in which he had represented himself, she found him to be “arrogant and inflexible” in his thinking.
She added that she had wanted to jail him indefinitely but the law would not allow her to.
“Your actions showed a callous disregard for public safety and you caused considerable alarm and anxiety,” she said.
“You caused substantial police and forensic involvement given that the nature of the substances were not known.”
Proceedings to deport him have begun.
For a full report and background to the case, see tomorrow's Citizen