Kingston police arrested a man last week for the second time in a poisoning case after receiving “extremely concerning” details from a forensic report.
On Jan. 29, Kingston police arrested and charged a 25-year-old graduate student from Queen’s University for allegedly administering a noxious substance to a fellow researcher and former roommate.
Police were called to the university in late January to meet with campus security after one graduate student complained that another graduate student was poisoning his food.
The victim reported that the food he brought to work over the past few weeks had a bitter taste and was making him ill. He also told police that every Friday when he drove home to his family, his water had a chemical taste and smell.
Although the accused was arrested, he was released by the court shortly after, despite police contesting his release.
On April 5, Kingston police received a completed forensic report on the victim’s belongings. The noxious substances found in the victim’s water, food and the containers were considered highly volatile with varying dangerous side effects. One substance has no known commercial use in North America, is cancer causing and known to be lethal, according to police. Another substance is used as a solvent and found in some commercial products used as a starting fluid for diesel and gasoline engines.
Police say in consideration of this new information, grounds for additional charges were formed.
The accused is now charged with administering noxious chemical, assault with a weapon, aggravated assault, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm. He was arrested on April 12 and is being held for his bail hearing.
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