The Presnensky Court of Moscow arrested Anton Kotov, an employee of the Regional Disinfection Center, for two months (until November 10), accused of the death of an elderly woman and her granddaughter, who were poisoned by a watermelon from the Magnit store. It is reported by “Kommersant”.
Mr. Kotov was detained on September 13. According to the investigation, during the processing of the territory of the store on the street. He sprayed a chlorine-containing poisonous substance – cygatrine – on the open products of the state farm in Moscow from insects. He is currently charged under Art. 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Provision of services that do not meet safety requirements, resulting in the death of two or more persons by negligence.” The sanctions of this article provide for a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
The defendant’s lawyer, Andrei Sergeev, said that the arrest of his client would be appealed. According to him, the arrested person did not admit his guilt.
An elderly woman and her granddaughter died last week in Moscow after consuming a watermelon purchased from the Magnit store. Both were hospitalized with signs of poisoning and died as a result of internal organ failure. Later, traces of ethylene glycol were found in the blood of the victims, which is used as a component of brake fluids and antifreezes, as well as glass cleaners.
It was established that watermelons were supplied to Magnit by the Kanygin farm from the Krasnodar Territory. A batch of watermelons, part of which was presented in a store on Sovkhoznaya Street, was removed from sale. Currently, “Magnit” is conducting its own investigation.
After the incident with signs of poisoning, several more residents of Sovkhoznaya Street were hospitalized.