Australian Woman Filed for Damages Against Deli Owner for Semen in Bottled Water

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By Reissa Su | December 23, 2013 5:43 PM EST

An Australian woman has sued a deli owner for serving bottled water containing semen. The sperm belonged to the deli owner whose DNA matched the sample taken from the bottled water based on test results.

Alicia Cooper from Perth filed a claim in the District Court of Western Australia stating she had suffered depression and anxiety due to the incident. She also claimed she is having trouble deciding on what food to eat.

According to the documents filed before the court, deli owner Dahn Le had intentionally placed his semen in the bottled water. He knew the water was contaminated with sperm and sold it to the public anyway.

When Ms Cooper drank the bottled water, she immediately knew something was not right. She had thought there was something in the water that made it taste different.  The writ of summons was filed against the owner who no longer operates the deli, three years to the day the bottled water was bought, drunk and tested for semen contamination.

Ms Cooper claimed she has become "ashamed", "shattered" and "struggling" with her life since the incident. She told the court she wanted to claim damages, medical expenses, and damages due to injuries and stress from drinking the semen-contaminated water.

The Australian woman said she is suffering from a wide range of physical and psychological conditions including a "pre-occupation with the safety" of bottled water.

Slater and Gordon, the law firm handling Ms Cooper's case, filed the documents in court. Ms Cooper's husband, Travis, was the one who bought the bottled water from a deli on Dec. 10, 2010.

Ms Cooper drank the bottled water, which was stored inside the fridge, three days later. It was after drinking the water that she noticed it smelled and tasted bad. The water was tested by the local council after she filed a complaint.

Although the DNA test matched the deli owner, no criminal charges were filed by Western Australian authorities since the incident, however serious, was not considered a criminal offence. 

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