Jailed for passing on herpes
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A twenty nine year old traffic officer has been jailed for 14 months for giving his former girlfriend genital herpes. David Golding from Daventry kept his infection a secret from his ex when they lived together in 2009. When twenty three year old Cara Lee contracted the STI and confronted him he denied that he had given it to her. After a row Cara said David finally admitted to being aware he was a carrier of the virus. She states; "He said he knew if I had it no one else would want me.” She then moved out and reported him to the police in March 2010. When the case was taken to court judge Michael Fowler told Golding; “The injury you caused by this infection is at least or more serious than an injury leaving a scar because it carries continued recurrence, extreme discomfort and consequences for relationships she will have in the future”. He was charged with and admitted to causing grievous bodily harm which is defined under the Offences Against The Person Act as; ‘Wounding or Inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent’. David Everett who was Mr Golding’s defence lawyer said his client was ‘extremely stupid but he did not do this in a premeditated way’. This is the first time anyone has been criminally convicted for passing on an STI other than HIV. Dr Colm O’Mahony who is the sexual health consultant at the Countess of Chester Hospital deemed the sentence as ‘outrageous’. He said;”will children now be prosecuted for “giving” their friends chickenpox?” Ms Lee appears in this week’s issue of Closer magazine with her story on living with herpes.
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