Solicitor Accused of Injecting Blood into Food

Leoaai Elghareeb charged with targeting Fulham Palace Road supermarkets

A police cordon outside Tesco Express on Fulham Palace Road. Picture: H&F Council

A 37-year-old solicitor from Fulham has been charged with three counts of contaminating food at local supermarkets.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard Leoaai Elghareeb of Crabtree Lane being accused of injecting blood with a syringe into products at three stores along the Fulham Palace Road on Wednesday, 25 August. Additionally it is alleged he threw syringes and eggs around one of the stores. It is believed the products injected included processed meat and microwave meals.

The police were called at around 7.35pm to reports of a man shouting abuse at people in the street. The same man is reported to have gone into three supermarkets stores near to Charing Cross Hospital, specifically:

• Little Waitrose, 201-207 Fulham Palace Road
• Sainsbury's Local, 179-183 Fulham Palace Road
• Tesco Express, 168-188 Fulham Place Road

Shoppers are advised to dispose of anything bought after 6pm on the evening of Wednesday 25 August from these supermarkets.

He arrested at the scene and taken to a central London police station and has since been remanded in custody.

Mr Elghareeb, currently runs his own legal consultancy firm and was described by his legal representative as being of previous good character. He had worked for some top legal firms receiving his training at Herbert Smith Freehills before spending much of his career working in the middle east for Allen & Overy.

He offered no plea at the hearing and will later appear at trial at Isleworth Crown Court on 24 September.

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September 6, 2021