A man from England who was recently convicted of rape was devastated after hearing that his victim was infected with the deadly HIV/AIDS virus.
On July 20th, 27-year-old Richard Thomas — lit up on booze, ecstasy and codeine — entered the home of a Leigh, Manchester woman that he knew and raped her.
After arresting him, the police informed Thomas that the reason his victim seemed so often sickly was because her immune system had been compromised — by AIDS. After collapsing in shock, he immediately asked to be taken to the hospital for testing.
The 27-year-old Thomas confessed to his crime, and was willing to accept the legal consequences. While claiming not to recall the incident due to the many drugs in his system, he told the court that his victim “would not lie. She tells the truth. If she says I have done it, I have done it.”
His lawyer, Virginia Hayton said of Thomas, “It is his own fault, if he had not committed this offense he would not have placed himself in this position.”
Thomas was prepared to accept the five-year sentence as a consequence of his decisions; but is he prepared for the lifetime consequences of having contracted HIV? He’ll find out when the test results come back later this week.