Jailed Rapist 'Catches' HIV from Victim

27-year-old Richard Thomas who was sentenced to 5 years behind bars on Monday for raping a woman faces an agonizing wait to find out if he has caught HIV from his victim.

Thomas, of Leigh in Greater Manchester, knew the woman and was aware that she has another illness but had not known about the HIV.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he was shocked and collapsed when he was told and asked to be taken to hospital.

He had let himself into her home in the middle of the night and she awoke to find him raping 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 defender, Miss Virginia Hayton said that Thomas, who has previous convictions but none for sexual offences, is 'remorseful' and 'cannot understand why he did it and it is

troubling him'.

She said he started drinking heavily when he was eleven and he had been addicted to ecstasy and cocaine at age thirteen.

Judge Mark Brown after sentencing also ordered him to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Thomas pleaded guilty to raping the woman on July 20 this year.

His HIV test result will be out on Friday.
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