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Friday, 16 February, 2001, 17:29 GMT
Woman denies knowing man had HIV
Glasgow High Court
Stephen Kelly is on trial is at the High Court in Glasgow
A woman has denied starting a sexual relationship with a former boyfriend in the full knowledge that he was HIV positive.

During a landmark trial, at the High Court in Glasgow, Anne Craig rejected suggestions she had been fully aware of Stephen Kelly's status.

Kelly, 33, of Provanmill, Glasgow, denies culpable and reckless conduct in having sex with Miss Craig between December 1993 and March 1994, while knowing he was HIV positive.

The jury has heard the two met at a party in Glasgow seven years ago and started a sexual relationship soon afterwards.

It is never easy to blame yourself, and you decided it was Stephen Kelly's fault. Is that true?

Donald Findlay QC
defence counsel
On Friday, the fourth day of the trial, Donald Findlay QC, for the defence, said Miss Craig, 34, had made the allegation against Mr Kelly after contracting HIV herself.

Mr Findlay said: "When you first had sex with Mr Kelly you either knew he was HIV from your point of view, because the people you met knew and it was no secret.

"And from his point of view he assumed that you knew.

"Or maybe the two of you knew because this attraction just got in the way of things and you decided to run the risk anyway."

He put it to her that after she was diagnosed HIV positive in March 1994 she had turned on Kelly and blamed him for infecting her.

'Family breakdown'

Mr Findlay added: "I suggest that you looked in the mirror and saw someone who had ruined their life and perhaps the lives of other people.

"And at that point there were two people you could blame. You could blame yourself or you could blame him.

Stephen Kelly
Kelly was found to be HIV positive in prison
"It is never easy to blame yourself, and you decided it was Stephen Kelly's fault. Is that true?"

She replied: "No sir, it is not."

Under prosecution questioning Miss Craig said contracting HIV had had a devastating effect on her and that she had lost touch with her family.

Miss Craig said: "It took a long time for my family to come around to understanding what it meant. There is only my mother who I can depend upon. I am only just rebuilding my relationship with my sister in Ireland."

She then described her state of mind and health in the early part of 1994 at around the time she was diagnosed.

'One night stand'

"I was scared and numb, I was confused. There were so many emotions I was feeling at that time," said Miss Craig.

She then repeated her allegation that she only tried heroin when Kelly told her he had caught HIV from a girlfriend - rather than in Glenochil Prison, as later emerged - and that she might be positive.

Court graphic
Miss Craig had tests amid fears she was infected
With that her evidence ended, and she left the court.

The court then heard from a former nurse at Glenochil Prison who said Kelly was found to be HIV positive while he was a prisoner.

Paul Selbie told James Drummond Young QC, prosecuting, that Miss Craig arrived for pre-test counselling with Kelly and that she said she wanted the test after finding out Kelly's status.

Mr Selbie said the couple both said Kelly had a one night stand with a woman they thought might have been HIV positive.

But he said he knew Kelly had been diagnosed in Glenochil and agreed that because of client confidentiality he could not say so at the time.

The case before Lord Mackay was adjourned until Monday.

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