Woman charged over alleged false complaint

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A 28-year-old woman has been charged with making a false complaint following a report made to police on Monday regarding a needle found in a strawberry in Timaru.

Detective inspector Corrie Parnell says she has been summoned to appear in Timaru District Court on January 29.

“It’s disappointing that we’ve had to take this action, but this demonstrates that Police and MPI's New Zealand Food Safety take these matters seriously.

“It also shows that, where appropriate, anyone making false reports in matters like this will be held to account.”

The news comes following a needle discovery in a strawberry bought from a Tauranga supermarket earlier this month.

Foodstuffs NZ spokeswoman Antoinette Laird confirmed at the time that the company was aware of an issue with a pin or needle being found in a punnet of strawberries bought at one of its Pak'nSave Tauranga stores.

In November a needle was also discovered in a piece of capsicum bought from a Tauranga supermarket.

Multiple other discoveries have been reported throughout New Zealand. 

1 Comment

And if proven,

Posted on 14-12-2018 00:10 | By The Caveman

A few YEARS in Jail should be the result. ANYBODY that gets into this kind of "activity" that causes disruption to day to day commercial activity - on the scale of this case should either PAY the cost, OR DO TIME IN JAIL !!

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