A MAN who infected his former lover with HIV after failing to tell her he had the disease, is facing prison.
Prosecutors say photographer Leslie Pringle had a “cavalier” attitude to sex and a disregard for the safety of others.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 48-year-old had been repeatedly advised on how to avoid passing on the disease after he was diagnosed and also warned of his legal and moral obligation to inform sexual partners of his illness.
Pringle had sex with the woman without using protection and had not been taking his medication or attending clinic appointments to try to control his illness.
Yesterday, Pringle, of Rennington Avenue, North Shields, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm by infecting the woman with HIV.
The case was adjourned for medical and pre-sentence reports, and Judge Paul Sloan QC remanded Pringle in custody.
He warned him: “It is almost inevitable an immediate and substantial custodial sentence will be imposed.”
Pringle did not give evidence during the trial but told detectives he believed it was still possible for him to have safe sex even without the use of a condom.
The woman, named only as X during the trial, said: “I would 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.
“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.”
Chief Supt Winton Keenan, of Northumbria Police, said: “I want to pay tribute to the victim in this case who showed tremendous bravery and courage, being prepared to come to court to give evidence.
“Pringle knew he was HIV positive but recklessly ignored the health advice he had been given by having unprotected sexual relations with the victim.
“Pringle’s actions were morally reprehensible and he has shown no remorse.”
Prosecutor Katherine Dunn told the court: “It shows his cavalier approach to sex and disregard for the safety of others and complete lack of concern as to whether he could infect another person.”