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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rapist faints after hearing of victim's HIV Status

A Molester who was put behind
bars today faces an agonising wait
to find out if he has caught HIV
from his victim.
Richard Thomas, 27, collapsed
when police informed him about
the woman's medical status and is
still waiting to hear if he has
contracted the incurable virus.
Thomas, of Leigh in Greater
Manchester, knew the woman and
was aware that she has another
illness but had not known about
the HIV. The court heard he was
shocked when he was told and
asked to be taken to hospital,
Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Torment: A Molester recently jailed
at Liverpool Crown Court will have
to wait until Friday to find out if
he has caught HIV from his victim
He had let himself into her home
in the middle of the night and she
awoke to find him Molesting her.
'She froze and no words were
exchanged. He pulled up his shorts
and left,' said Harry Pepper,
prosecuting.
'He was arrested and interviewed
and said he had been drinking
heavily, taken cocaine and ecstasy
and could not recall the incident,'
he added.
His barrister, Virginia Hayton, said
that he still cannot recall the attack
but when told about it he said that
the woman 'would not lie, she tells
the truth. If she says I have done
it, I have done it'.
Jailing Thomas for five years and
four months Judge Mark Brown
said that he had committed 'this
dreadful offence' while she lay
asleep, having taken a sleeping
tablet, and it had left her
distressed and anxious.
He also ordered him to sign the
Sex Offenders Register for life.
Thomas pleaded guilty to Molesting
the woman on July 20 this year.
Miss Hayton said that Thomas,
who has previous convictions but
none for intimate offences, is
'remorseful' and 'cannot understand
why he did it and it is troubling
him'.
She said that he started using
cannabis at the age of nine,
drinking heavily at the age of 11,
became addicted to ecstasy and
cocaine at 13 and was put in
care the following year.
He has been trying to contact his
family but they want nothing to do
with him and he will now be away
from his partner and their young
daughter and his two other older
daughters from previous
relationships.
Miss Hayton told the court that
Thomas will not find out the result
of his HIV test until Friday and has
had the worry of the outcome
hanging over him.
'It is his own fault, if he had not
committed this offence he would
not have placed himself in this
position.'

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