Alleged Strawberry Saboteur My Ut Trinh Granted Bail
A Queensland farm worker accused of sparking a nation-wide contamination scare which brought the strawberry industry to its knees has been granted bail.
A court granted the order despite My Ut Trinh's DNA being found on a needle, but her lawyer dismissed the scientific evidence saying prosecutors are only acting on rumours.
Police claim the 50-year-old farm supervisor planted needles in strawberries out of spite for her employer.
The court was told about an alleged conversation two years ago in which Trinh said: "If I hate anyone, I will put the needle in the strawberries and make them go bankrupt."
The witness claimed he thought it was a joke.
Police prosecutors opposed Trinh's bail, arguing they have a strong case against her, with forensics saying DNA found on a needle was 100 billion times likely to be hers.
Trinh's lawyer said she had no motivation to carry out the crime, also claiming she'd cooperated with police during the investigation.
"Obviously the family's relieved and Trinh will be relieved but at this stage given the amount of attention that the matter has garnished they'd just respect some privacy at this moment in time," Trinh's laywer Nick Dore told 10 News First.
The court heard the owner of the Queensland farm at the centre of the scandal has been financially ruined... and the spiteful act crippled the country's 160 million dollar industry.
It would be a big price to pay for an act of revenge, and one that could also come at a high cost for My Ut Trinh.
She's due back in court on December 17.