December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A woman was left worrying for three months whether she might have contracted Aids or hepatitis after she was jabbed in the ankle with a hypodermic needle by a drug user, a court heard.
Marcos Da Silveira Nunes, 35, pricked the woman with a needle after he had an argument with her over money he claimed was missing from his bank account, Norwich Crown Court was told.
Richard White, prosecuting, said the woman told Nunes she knew nothing about any missing money and as she turned away he jabbed her in the ankle with the needle he had used to inject heroin and falsely told her hehad Aids or hepatitis, leaving her worried and anxious that she might have contracted a disease.
He said she went to hospital for tests and had to wait three months before she finally got the all-clear.
Mr White said that Nunes was known to the victim and told police that he admitted he pricked her with a needle he had used to inject heroin.
Although he told her he had Aids, it was said as a joke, said Mr White.
Nunes, of Westmark, King’s Lynn, who had the help of a Portuguese interpreter in court, admitted causing actual bodily harm to the victim and was given eight months’ jail, suspended for two years and ordered to pay the victim £350 compensation.
He was also ordered to go on a drug treatment programme and given a one-year supervision order.
Recorder Godfrey Carey told Nunes it was a “mean” offence.
“What you did and what you said at the time was very cruel to her because it caused her three months of extreme anxiety wondering whether she had actually been infected.”
He said fortunately it was not the case.
Katharine Moore, for Nunes, said the offence was out of character and he had been drinking when he committed the offence.
“It’s no excuse but is some explanation for his conduct.”
She said that he had told the victim he had Aids as a jokey comment some time before the offence after she had commented to him about him losing weight.
“The offence was not premeditated.”
She said Nunes was now on methadone as a way of tackling his drug problem.