Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

"There Is Another Victim Here - It Is Me. I've Never Given It Intentionally; HIV Sufferer Denies Spreading Condition

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

"There Is Another Victim Here - It Is Me. I've Never Given It Intentionally; HIV Sufferer Denies Spreading Condition

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A PHOTOGRAPHER accused of infecting his partner with HIV tried to kill himself after finding out she had the virus.

Leslie Pringle is alleged to have recklessly passed on HIV to the woman by having unprotected sex with her despite knowing he was infectious. Pringle yesterday declined to give evidence at Newcastle Crown Court, where he is on trial accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

But in police interviews after his arrest he said news that the woman - known only as X to protect her identity - was HIV positive led him to try to commit suicide.

Pringle said: "She came to my place of work and confronted me.

"The early hours of the next evening I decided to try to take my life. I had a really good go at it."

He added: "I tried to hang myself and the cable snapped then I put myself in the River Tyne but it was hard because your survival instinct comes in.

"I was in the river for two hours and a ferry spotted me. The ambulance service didn't expect me to live."

Pringle said when he was diagnosed with HIV he tried to ignore it and just get on with his life.

He said: "I was devastated, very much so. I didn't tell anyone, I tried to put it in the bottom drawer and push it away.

"I just tried to come to terms with it and get on with my life."

He said he never thought X would have caught the virus and was upset when she turned up at his photography studio some time after they split up.

X did not know her former boyfriend had been HIV positive when she started what she thought was a loving and trusting relationship.

But after they separated the woman went to be screened for sexually transmitted diseases before embarking on another relationship and was given the news she had the virus.

She eventually suspected Pringle may have been the source and went to confront him. …

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