While making her 10-year-old son a sandwich, the woman discovered a dirty needle had been pushed through the loaf's plastic wrapper. "Alarmed and distressed," she notified authorities, who used DNA tracing to link the blood-stained syringe to David Rodgers, 61, of Salford, UK.
The 61-year-old pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Manchester City Magistrates' Court to contaminating the bread with intent to cause public alarm. He said he'd hidden the needle in the Tesco Extra loaf after getting his heroin fix on December 1.
Rodgers claimed he did so out of desperation, to prevent his wife from finding out he was using the drug again. Court was adjourned for pre-sentence reports, and Rodgers was told he could face jail time, the Daily Mail reported.
"It's hard to believe what I did being a father and grandad," he told police.
Dominic Geelan, the prosecutor, stated that Rodgers did not have a particular grudge against Tesco, a major supermarket chain in the UK. The store's spokesperson added that they were working closely with police throughout the investigation.