Queensland, Australia ( Dailymail): A farm worker accused of planting needles in strawberries during the contamination crisis may have been motivated by revenge, a court has heard.
My Ut Trinh, 50, who worked for the Berrylicious/Berry Obsession farm in Caboolture, Queensland, was denied bail at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
The refugee, who asked for a Vietnamese interpreter, is charged with seven counts of contamination of goods – between September 2 to 5 – with intent to cause economic loss.
Her alleged crimes came at the height of the strawberry contamination crisis that rocked Australia earlier this year.
The first discovery of needles in strawberries was on September 9, and Trinh has known she was a person of interest from the 12th, the court heard.
Trinh’s lawyer Michael Cridland made a bail application but withdrew it after magistrate Christine Roney advised it was ‘premature’ because the motivation behind the alleged contamination was still unclear.
‘The case that was put is that she was motivated by some fight or revenge,’ Ms Roney said.