Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Syringe Stabbing in Kamloops, B.C., Sends Homeless Man to Prison for 2.5 Years

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Syringe Stabbing in Kamloops, B.C., Sends Homeless Man to Prison for 2.5 Years

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Homeless man gets 2.5 years for syringe stabbing

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. - A homeless man convicted of aggravated assault for stabbing a grocery-store security guard with a used syringe in British Columbia's central Interior has been sentenced to 31 months in prison.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley wrote in an Aug. 10 decision posted online Wednesday that Jonathan Fernandez, 42, was aware the needle he employed as a weapon was "dirty."

The confrontation took place at an Extra Foods in Kamloops, where Fernandez stuck a syringe into the hand of a guard who stopped him for alleged shoplifting.

"I got you once, I'll get you again," court documents quote Fernandez saying as he left the scene.

Fernandez had tested positive for Hepatitis C, was homeless and living off a disability pension and suffered from severe heroin and crystal methamphetamine addiction.

"It is apparent that the assault with the needle has caused (the guard) physical symptoms, along with the anxiety and the distress of not knowing whether he had been infected," said Dley. …

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