A 27-year-old man named Richard Thomas collapsed in terror when police informed him that the woman he admitted to raping was HIV-positive. According to a BBC report, Thomas is currently waiting for his own test results to return.
Thomas had by his own admission taken alcohol, Ecstasy and cocaine on the night when he broke into the Greater Manchester, U.K. home of his victim. The woman had taken a sleeping pill and only woke up when Thomas had already penetrated her from behind.
Prosecutor Harry Pepper told the BBC, “She froze and no words were exchanged. He pulled up his shorts and left.”
Judge Mark Brown called the attack “dreadful” and sentenced Thomas to five years and four months for the crime.
When police informed Thomas that his victim was HIV-positive, he collapsed and was taken to a hospital. He was tested there for HIV exposure and the results are pending. He told police he knew the woman he attacked was ill, but not the specific disease.
His attorney, Virginia Hayton said, “It is his own fault, if he had not committed this offense he would not have placed himself in this position.”
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 5 million unique readers per month and serves more than 19 million pageviews.