Woman charged in Calgary food tampering case maintains innocence, lawyer says

Granada is facing three counts of mischief causing property damage, one of them over $5,000 and two under $5,000, and five counts of trespassing for entering the store after she was prohibited to do so. The mischief charges stem from Jan. 18 when pins and sewing needles were found in bakery items and produce at Oakridge Co-op. It was the first of more than a dozen such incidents at several grocery stores around the city, many of which Takada believes were committed by different people.

Calgary Herald
June 11, 2010

Woman charged in Calgary food tampering case maintains innocence, lawyer says
"Tons" of evidence from prosecution on Tatyana Granada
Daryl Slad

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CALGARY - The lawyer for a woman charged with food tampering at Oakridge Co-op says his client maintains her innocence, despite huge amounts of evidence he has received from the Crown.

Mark Takada, who represents Tatyana Granada, said he received surveillance video and witness statements on two days last week, as well as at both provincial court appearances this week.

"I've received tons of disclosure and I don't know when this is going to end," Takada said after he appeared for Granada, 43, on Wednesday.

Takada said it is not likely a plea will be made at the next appearance on June 30, and expects a trial won't take place until at least next January. He said it could last for two weeks.

Crown prosecutor Martha O'Connor has now consolidated all eight charges against the woman on to one information.

Granada is facing three counts of mischief causing property damage, one of them over $5,000 and two under $5,000, and five counts of trespassing for entering the store after she was prohibited to do so.

The mischief charges stem from Jan. 18 when pins and sewing needles were found in bakery items and produce at Oakridge Co-op.

It was the first of more than a dozen such incidents at several grocery stores around the city, many of which Takada believes were committed by different people.

No charges have been laid in those incidents.

Granada was initially prohibited from visiting just the Oakridge store after she was charged in December with shoplifting, but since agreed to stay out of all Co-op stores in Alberta.

The theft case went to alternative measures, in which she does not have a criminal record, and she completed her commitments in March by making a donation.

She is now charged with trespassing at Oakridge Co-op on Jan. 13, Jan. 18, Feb. 17 and twice on March 10, and mischief causing property damage on Jan. 18 and twice on March 10.

Police have said that some of the cases of reported tampering may be the result of processing problems on the part of food manufacturers.

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