A shop worker has appeared in court accused of poisoning his boss with a Viagra pill on April Fool's Day.

Benjamin Chope, 24, from Newton Abbot, Devon, is alleged to have given the sex drug to manager Daniel Webber while at work at a Home Bargains store.

He is charged with unlawfully and maliciously administering to Mr Webber a poison or other destructive or noxious substance.

The substance was administered with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy Mr Webber, the court heard.


The poison was found to be Sildenafil, which is more commonly known as Viagra.

Chope appeared at Torquay Magistrates Court last Thursday and entered no plea.

He only spoke to give his name, address and date of birth.

No details of the impact on the alleged victim were given, but the court decided the matter was serious enough to go to the Crown Court for hearing.

Chope was ordered to appear at Exeter Crown on August 25 and was released on conditional bail.