HIV fear of policewoman stabbed by shoplifter with needle
SHOPLIFTER Grzegorz Pajak stabbed a policewoman with a hypodermic needle after telling her he was HIV positive.
PC Gemma Newman is now living with the fear she may have been infected with the virus and is waiting for test results.
It was the third time that Polish national Pajak, 28, had brandished a syringe when caught shoplifting, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
Pajak, of Southgate Street, Gloucester, will be deported when he has served his 32-month jail sentence.
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He pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding PC Newman on July 29 and to stealing aftershave from Boots on the same date.
The persistent thief had also once spat on a police officer and had twice been armed with knives when he went shoplifting.
The court heard that Pajak lashed out after police were called when he was detained by a security guard in Boots in Eastgate Street, Gloucester.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Pajak: "You have caused the officer deep psychological distress by what you did.
"Since coming to this country you have been perpetually immersed in criminal activity and causing serious inconvenience and worse."
Prosecutor Giles Nelson said that, in a statement, PC Newman said: "I have been a police officer for four-and-a-half years. This was without question the most frightening incident I have been involved in.
"I had never been confronted with a needle before and I was extremely scared. I have been left questioning whether I want to continue working as a frontline police officer as this incident has affected me so much."
Paul Cook, in mitigation, said Pajak, a heroin addict, was remorseful about what he did.
After the hearing, PC Newman said she wanted to thank Gloucestershire Constabulary for their support.