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Employee filled boss's bottle with toilet water

By Ben Mitchell in Portsmouth

A designer who filled his manager's water bottle up with water from the toilet after she criticised his work has escaped a jail sentence.

Jonathan Oliver (40), of Haslar Crescent, Waterlooville, Hampshire, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court to administering a poison or a noxious substance with intent.

The prosecution said that the court heard that Oliver, who creates designs for gravestones, had snapped when his boss had criticised his work.

He then filled her sports-style drinking bottle up with water from the toilet.

The prosecution said: "She swallowed the liquid and realised something was wrong. She could smell a chemical."

He was sentenced on January 12 to four months in prison suspended for a year.

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