Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'The Selfish Behaviour of Les Pringle Is Nothing Short of Appalling. I Hope He Reflects on the Damage He Has Done' Victim Speaks out after Photographer Found Guilty of Sex Crime

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

'The Selfish Behaviour of Les Pringle Is Nothing Short of Appalling. I Hope He Reflects on the Damage He Has Done' Victim Speaks out after Photographer Found Guilty of Sex Crime

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Byline: Rob Kennedy ? 0191 201-6007 ? rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

SHAMED photographer Leslie Pringle is today behind bars after he was convicted of infecting his former partner with HIV.

Pringle failed to tell the woman about his illness then repeatedly had unprotected sex with her and passed on the virus.

Now there are fears more women may have been infected by the reckless 48-year-old.

His victim, known as X, released a statement after the case saying: "The actions of Les Pringle towards myself have taken away so many choices I should have been entitled to, therefore I ask that I am allowed to continue to lead a private and dignified life as is my human right.

"I would like to take this opportunity to urge anyone who has had a relationship with Les Pringle to contact their sexual health services and request HIV testing.

"Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent irretrievable breakdown of good health, and ultimately saves lives. The care and support I received has helped me enormously in re-building my life.

"Should any persons feel it necessary to talk to the police, I want to state with complete confidence that without prejudice or judgement, the respect and kindness I have received has shown no bounds.

"The selfish behaviour of Les Pringle is nothing short of appalling. Through the position he now finds himself in, I hope Les Pringle uses this time to reflect on the damage he has done through his treatment of others, and learn something of compassion.

"There is no shame in having an HIV test, or indeed being HIV positive. Look after yourself and others ... going for a test may well save your life."

Pringle was remanded in custody and was warned he faces a substantial prison sentence after jurors convicted him of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He showed no emotion as the guilty verdict was returned at Newcastle Crown Court.

Judge Paul Sloan QC told him: "The fact I'm adjourning sentence and directing the preparation of pre-sentence reports should not be taken by you as any indication of the sentence that will be imposed in due course. …

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