Seller of diseased poultry finally sent to jail
Peter Roberts, who is now also
known as â€œMaggot Peteâ€, has finally been sent to jail. He went on the run before
his conviction for selling contaminated poultry.
Roberts was caught supplying
chicken and turkey unfit for humans. But he was on the run for four years until
he was recently found in Cyprus. The man led a gang which made almost Â£1million
selling dangerously substandard poultry over six years.
It is reported that his plant in
Derby was plagued by rats and often flooded with sewage.
He was found guilty of conspiracy to
defraud in 2003 after failing to attend the trial at Nottingham crown court, where five other men were
Roberts has now been deported
back to the UK. A Derby crown court judge gave him a year in jail on top of his
Ben Nolan QC, prosecuting, said:
"The victims were the companies and consumers who bought poultry believing it to
be fit for human consumption when in reality it was condemned meat."
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