Man jailed for rape may have contracted HIV from victim
Richard Thomas, 27, will learn later this week if he has HIV as a result of raping 'sick' woman
A MAN who was jailed for raping a woman has been told he may have contracted HIV from her.
Richard Thomas was handed a sentence of five years and four months yesterday after he admitted raping the woman at her home in Leigh, Greater Manchester on 20 July. Liverpool Crown Court heard that he knew the woman was sick, but did not know she had HIV and collapsed when police told him, The BBC reports.
The woman said she took a sleeping tablet and awoke to find Thomas, 27, raping her. He said he could not recall the incident because he had been drinking heavily and taken drugs, but he believed the woman’s account.
"She froze and no words were exchanged," prosecutor Harry Pepper told the court. "He pulled up his shorts and left."
Thomas will find out later this week if he has contracted HIV. His barrister, Virginia Hayton, said he is "remorseful" and "cannot understand why he did it and it is troubling him".
But Hayton added: "It is his own fault, if he had not committed this offence he would not have placed himself in this position." ·