Barr, John Mullan

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Barr, John Mullan Gender: M
born on 20 June 1945 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Wishaw, Scotland, 55n47, 3w56
Timezone GDWT h2e (is double war time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gerard
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 28°23' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 25°44 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 28°06'


Scottish owner of a butcher shop in Wishaw, popular and successful in that it supplied meats to Scotmid (Co-op). When the world's worst outbreak of E-coli 0157 poisoning broke out in Wishaw in 1996 with 21 people dead and 400 ill, at least 100 seriously enough to be hospitalized, suspicion fell on Barr's shop. After a 37-day investigation, it was found that Barr's was found to have failed to insure adequate inspection and safety measures for hygienic meat safety. It was also found to have failed to cooperate fully with environmental health officers who had visited the shop on 11/22/1996 to warn him of the possible link between his meat and the death of six pensioners on 11/17. They had eaten lunch in Wishaw's Old Parish Church Hall before falling fatally ill.

On 11/26, Harry Shaw, the first of the men died. John Barr closed his shop the following day as an investigation began. By 12/01, Monklands hospital was forced to open another ward to copy with the influx of patients being admitted. On 1/15/1997, the Government released the details of the investigation report.

Barr re-opened his shop on 2/27 and it was not until 10/20 that he went on trial, denying culpable and reckless conduct in connection with the supply of cooked meats in his shop. A week later, the trial collapsed due to a lack of evidence and Barr was released. However, he and his wife Elaine and son Martin went on trial on a charge of breaching food hygiene regulations on 1/19/1998. It quickly concluded with a fine the following day of 2,250 pounds.


  • parent->child relationship with Barr, Martin (born 14 December 1967)


  • Work : Lose social status 22 November 1996 (Health officers inspection of butcher shop)
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  • Financial : Lose significant money 27 November 1996 (Temporary closure of butcher shop)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 27 February 1997 (Re-opening of shop)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 20 October 1997 (Trial begins for breaching food hygiene regulations)
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  • Crime : Trial dates 19 January 1998 (Finalization of trial, fined 2,250 pounds)
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Source Notes

Caroline Gerard quotes B.C. in Transit January 1999


  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Worked with wife and son)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Loss - Financial crisis (Fined due to poor business conduct)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide involvement (Deaths due to contaminated meat)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Social crime/ delinquent (Breach of hygiene regulations)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Family owned butcher shop)
  • Vocation : Food and Beverage : Butcher/ Meat