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Man, 35, sentenced to 18 months in prison for administering poison

| June 1, 2015


A 35 year old man of Deeds Grove, High Wycombe was sentenced to 18 months in prison for maliciously administering poison following a trial at Amersham Crown Court.

The man was found guilty by majority verdict, of one count of maliciously administering poison with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy any other person, Contrary to Section 24 Offences Against The Person Act 1861.

He was charged on Wednesday 5th November 2014 and convicted on Friday 22nd May 2015 after a three day trial.

Between Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th May 2014, in High Wycombe, the man combined morphine with Jagermeister and then offered the Jagermeister to the victim, a 31 year old man, without advising him of its contents.

The victim consumed the Jagermeister and suffered significant effects over a number of days.

It was only when the man admitted to doctoring the drink some days later that the victim realised he had been poisoned and reported the matter to the police.

The victim did not sustain any long term injuries. The man was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

Meanwhile, a forfeiture and destruction order was made in respect of the bottle of Jagermeister.

Investigating officer, Det Sgt Michael Anderson from Force CID based at High Wycombe police station said: ‘This is a serious offence where it was only by luck that the victim did not suffer significant harm.

[The man] doctored the Jagermeister with morphine out of spite and malice towards the victim and allowed him to consume it without any warning of its true contents.

[The man] only avoided a more serious sentence due to mitigating circumstances of a serious back injury and his partner being pregnant.

The offence of poisoning is an unusual and old offence (1861 legislation) and it is very rare in this day and age to investigate or in fact achieve a conviction for it.

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