Leoaai Elghareeb, 37, is accused of intentionally contaminating or interfering with merchandise at three stores – a Tesco Express, Little Waitrose and Sainsbury’s Local – at Fulham Palace Road on Wednesday evening (August 25).
Elghareeb, of Crabtree Lane, Fulham, did not indicate any plea in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday afternoon (August 27).
The court heard that the accused entered the Waitrose store at 7:30 p.m. and began to ‘throw around’ syringes filled with blood and inject them into food products.
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The accused, who was heard by the court to be a lawyer and a “man of good character”, is also charged with doing the same, throwing eggs in the nearby Sainsbury’s store and injecting other items in Tesco Express before being stopped.
The precise content of the blood is not known, the court said.
Officers in forensic suits were seen at Fulham Palace Road on Thursday seizing items, including processed meat.
In the aftermath of the incident, the Hammersmith & Fulham board advised shoppers to throw away anything they buy at all three stores on Wednesday evening.
Elghareb has been remanded in custody and will appear in Isleworth Crown Court on September 24.