A special police constable who threatened to kill and eat her own step-sister and also tried to poison care home staff has been jailed for life.
Melissa Swift attempted to murder three colleagues at Goldfield Court in West Browmich in July 2014, adding bottles of bleach to water jugs in a fridge.
Previous to this she had written a letter in blood to her step-sister Lula Swift, threatening to slit her throat and eat her, the Birmingham Mail reports .
Melissa Swift appeared before Birmingham Crown Court, having pleaded guilty in February 2015 to five charges of attempted murder and threats to kill.
The 25-year-old, of Hambletts Road, West Bromwich, was arrested on August 4, 2014 after police were informed that several people, including residents and staff, at the West Bromwich home had been taken ill with food poisoning type symptoms.
Swift, who had been previously based at Sandwell Police as a volunteer officer, was subsequently charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of administering poison, two counts of threats to kill, theft of a drug and possession of a controlled drug.
Swift admitted adding bleach to bottles of drinks stored in a fridge in the staff room of Goldfield Court as part of her plan.
Three of her colleagues then drank the liquids and fell ill with food poisoning -type symptoms. The women sought medical treatment and recovered after a few days.
Sentencing. her Judge Michael Wall QC said: “You planned the crime in detail. You are a very dangerous woman and I am handing you a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum term of eight years to protect the public.”
Detective Chief Inspector Michaela Kerr, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, led the investigation into Swift’s poisonous actions.
She said: "Melissa deceived her colleagues and hatched a plan to cause ill to those she worked with as a result of some malice, for which we have never truly discovered the cause.
"She not only thought out a way of poisoning her work mates but also followed the plan through and administered bleach to their drinks, leaving them in the usual staff fridge where she knew they would go."
"The plan was dangerous, reckless and hugely alarming," the DCI continued.
"There is nothing to have stopped anyone from consuming the drinks she tampered with and, given the nature of her profession and workplace as a care provider, she went against everything her dedicated colleagues worked for.
"Today’s sentence reflects the severity of her actions. Thankfully no one was seriously injured as a result of what she did, but the story could so easily have been different.
"Hopefully, today’s result gives those who were affected by Melissa ’s actions some closure and they are able to move on with their lives."