The then-27-year-old man, who was convicted of raping a sleeping woman, was reportedly notified that he may have contracted a ‘life-threatening virus’ from his victim. He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison for raping a woman in her home while she slept. His name is Thomas and he reporetdly said he knew the woman was ill but did not know it could be ‘this virus’. He reportedly collapsed when told the news.
Thomas said he had been drinking heavily on the night of the attack, as well as using cocaine and ecstasy at various points during the evening. He said he could not recall much from the attack but believed the woman’s story. Police say Thomas let himself into the woman’s home uninvited and went into the bedroom where he then assaulted her as she slept. The woman had taken a sleeping tablet and awoke to find Thomas raping her. “She froze and no words were exchanged,” said prosecutor Pepper. “He pulled up his shorts and left.”
The lawyer for Thomas said that her client was unsure of the events of the night but told her the woman would not lie, she tells the truth. If she says I have done it, I have done it. It was not immediately clear whether Thomas knew his victim before the assault. Judge Brown presiding over the case ordered that Thomas be sentenced to five years and four months, as well as giving him a permanent listing on the S-x Offenders Register for the dreadful offense.
According to the court documents, Thomas was notified that he may have contracted HIV from his victim. Thomas was set to find out the results of the HIV test shortly after being notified of the possibility. It was not clear if Thomas contracted the disease. “This HIV test has been hanging over his head,” his attorney said, according to the Mirror. “It’s his own fault. If he’d not committed this offense he would not have placed himself in this position.”