Man laced allergic boss' coffee with peanut butter

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Tony Blais, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:59 PM ET

An Edmonton man was put on probation Thursday after admitting to committing an "evil prank" by giving a supervisor allergic to peanuts a peanut butter-laced coffee.

Kirby Christopher Sherick, 27, was handed a suspended sentence with 12 months of probation after pleading guilty to a charge of administering a noxious substance.

"It was a very poor choice, more along the lines of an evil prank than to cause serious injuries," said defence lawyer Darin Sprake, adding Sherick knew peanuts would cause victim Jennifer Evans "significant discomfort."

Crown prosecutor Stephanie Brown told court that Sherick and Evans both worked at the Safeway grocery store at Millwoods Town Centre Mall. Evans was the supervisor of a night crew that stocked the food aisles.

Brown said Evans had made it clear to her colleagues that she had a "sensitivity to peanut butter" and had suffered vomiting, diarrhea and hives in the past after eating peanut butter and always tried to avoid it.

The work relationship between Sherick and Evans soured due to Sherick often calling in sick and Evans believing his excuses were not genuine. In May 2011, their on-the-job situation was at an all-time low, said Brown.

On May 13, 2011, Sherick walked to a nearby Tim Hortons during a 1 a.m. break and bought coffee for both he and Evans, as well as a small packet of peanut butter.

He put the peanut butter into the coffee he had got for Evans, which was witnessed by an acquaintance of his, and then offered it to her when she arrived minutes later.


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