Horsemeat conspiracy: North London businessman found guilty of mixing meats

 
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A Tottenham businessman was today found guilty of a near-£200,000 conspiracy to pass off 30 tonnes of horsemeat as beef.

Andronicos Sideras, a 55-year-old co-owner of Dinos & Sons, mixed the meats before selling them on. Some of the meat ultimately made its way onto the plates of the British public, the court heard.

The jury of five men and seven women at Inner London Crown Court took 10 hours and 17 minutes to deliver a majority guilty verdict following a four-week trial.

The court heard how a Danish firm called Flexifoods sourced horsemeat and beef from across Europe and delivered it to Dinos' premises in north London.

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Ulrik Nielsen, 58, owner of FlexiFoods, and Alex Beech, 44, had already pleaded guilty to their part in the plot.

Labels and paperwork were doctored to make the mixed meet look like pure beef before being sold on to a “vast range of well-known companies”, prosecutor Jonathan Polnay told the trial.

The conspiracy was exposed in 2012 when a delivery of meat from Dinos to a Freeza meat store in Northern Ireland was subject to a spot check from health inspectors.

Sideras was released on bail ahead of sentencing alongside Nielsen, of Gentofte and Beech, on Monday at the same court.

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