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"Kelly told her a former girlfriend was dying from Aids"
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Thursday, 15 February, 2001, 20:38 GMT
Boyfriend revealed he had HIV
Glasgow High Court
Kelly is on trial is at the High Court in Glasgow
A woman broke down as she told a court how her former boyfriend revealed that she may have contracted the HIV virus.

Mother-of-three Anne Craig, 34, wept as she gave evidence in the case of Stephen Kelly at the High Court in Glasgow.

Mr Kelly, 33, denies culpable and reckless conduct in having sex with Miss Craig while knowing or believing he was infected with HIV.

The accused, of Provanmill, Glasgow, allegedly said he believed he was infected and she was likely to have contracted the virus as well.

I was absolutely positive that I knew there was something wrong with me and that my body was not what it should be

Anne Craig
On the third day of the trial, Miss Craig said Mr Kelly broke the news to her in March 1994.

The couple were living together at the time in a flat in Ravenspark Street, Glasgow, when he told her "a story" about Aids.

She said. "He told me he had received a phone call from an ex-girlfriend who was dying of Aids.

"He said he had to go to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He had been there and they had tested him positive of HIV.

"He told me I would probably be infected as well because of the nature of the intercourse we were having."

Miss Craig, whose address was given as care of the police, told the court she had met Kelly at a party she was attending during a visit to Glasgow and had initially spent a night talking with him.

Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly allegedly broke the news in 1994
"Mr Kelly was telling me how all his family had let him down, how he had nobody, how everybody had betrayed him," she said.

She said Mr Kelly told her he had been an intravenous drug user before going into prison two years earlier.

"I had heard a lot on the news previously to that about HIV," she said.

"I did ask him was he affected, that he had not caught Aids.

"He replied that he had been tested, it was a matter of process that they were tested in prison, and that he had tested negative."

Miss Craig told how on the same day she and Kelly had begun a relationship.

Felt unwell

She said: "I specifically asked Mr Kelly was there any reason, other than pregnancy, that we would need to use safe sex and he replied 'No'."

Miss Craig then told how shortly before Mr Kelly had told her she might have HIV she had felt unwell.

"Mr Kelly took me to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. They put some monitors on me and said that I was fine."

She went home but continued to feel unwell for at least two weeks and described her symptoms as being "like flu".

She said she asked her boyfriend to take her to a doctor but told the court Mr Kelly "just kept putting it off".

It was only when Kelly told her he had HIV that she went to a doctor she added.

Court graphic
Miss Craig had tests amid fears she was infected
Miss Craig told the court how she was referred to Ruchill Hospital by her doctor, where she met a member of staff for HIV testing and received the shattering news.

Miss Craig said she had discussed at the hospital her relationship with Mr Kelly and been told that their sexual practices had put her at an extremely high risk.

She was asked by Mr Drummond Young: "Had you ever been an intravenous drug user." She replied: "Not at that time.

Miss Craig then told the court how her boyfriend admitted to her that his earlier tale of how he had contracted HIV was a lie.

They continued their relationship for a while but she said she had now had no contact with Mr Kelly since 1996 or 1997.

Mr Drummond Young then asked Miss Craig to look at a document which she said was a letter.

'Full responsibility'

Miss Craig told the court that Mr Kelly had asked her to write and sign the letter in which she promised he would not be prosecuted.

Miss Craig's voice shook with emotion as she read the first part of the letter. "My name is Stephen Kelly and I am having a relationship with Anne Craig and through sexual intercourse I passed HIV to Anne," she read.

"This is a statement saying that Anne accepts full responsibility for this and thereof will not prosecute me for passing onto her the disease. Signed Stephen Kelly."

Miss Craig told the court she had been forced by "mind games" and "emotional abuse" to sign the letter which was dated October 1995.

The trial continues.

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