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HIV positive addict ‘jabbed boy (12) with syringe full of fluids’

Jacqueline O'Neil (Pic STV)
Jacqueline O'Neil (Pic STV)

A court in Scotland has heard from a 12-year-old boy how a he was jabbed with a needle filled with “body fluids” by a HIV positive woman.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was brought to Jaqueline O’Neil’s home in Dundee, by a relative of the addict.

The schoolboy gave evidence at Dundee Sheriff Court to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.

He told the court that O’Neil was surrounded by drug paraphernalia and was clearly under the influence when he found her in the living room with a blood filled syringe stuck in her leg.

The boy, giving evidence through video link, said he had taken a foil wrap containing heroin from O’Neil and had flushed it down the toilet.

"She tried to slap it out of my hand,” he said.

"There was a needle sitting on a pillowcase and when I came back in she started waving at me.

"It hit me on the hand."

The boy said the syringe went so deep into his hand that he had to yank it out himself before leaving.

32-year-old O'Neil admitted she had taken heroin , but claimed the boy had "totally fabricated" the circumstances leading up to him being pricked and branded him a "liar".

She claimed that the other adult handed the boy the needle and she was trying to take it from him when he was pricked.

"His position is that there was a syringe in your thigh and the barrel was full of blood,” said Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed.

"He saw a wrap, thought it contained heroin and went to flush it down the toilet.

"You tried to take it from his hand.

"He managed to flush it and on his way back you were waving a needle about.

"He tried to get out while you were waving it and struck him, so much so that he had to pull it out.

O'Neil said: "That's fabricated - he is lying."

However a sheriff ruled that O’Neil was not credible and that the boy was telling the truth.

O'Neil, of Byron Crescent, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of culpable and reckless conduct and a further charge of assault.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond OC deferred sentence until later this month for social work background reports and released O'Neil on bail meantime.