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Needle-wielding thief’s HIV threat

Needle-wielding thief’s HIV threat
Needle-wielding thief’s HIV threat

Needle-wielding thief’s HIV threat

A SHOP thief who brandished a hypodermic needle at a security officer shouting: “I am HIV positive,” has been jailed for seven months.
Drug addict Sam Bracegirdle brought terror to Tesco on Halifax Road, in the Buttershaw area of Bradford, after he was caught stealing toys and food worth £48.
Bracegirdle, 38, of Beehive Street, Buttershaw, threatened security officer Mohammed Ahmed with the needle after he detained him at the store on April 12.
The long term drug and alcohol abuser had accumulated 13 convictions for 20 offences.
Those convictions included six for theft and one for having an offensive weapon, Bradford Crown Court was told.
He pleaded guilty at the magistrates court to possession of an offensive weapon and intentionally threatening Mr Ahmed in such a way that there was an immediate risk of serious physical harm.
Bracegirdle’s solicitor advocate, Tom Rushbrooke, said his client was prescribed Methadone to combat his drug addiction.
But he supplemented it with diazapam bought off the street because he felt that the dose was too low, the court heard.
Bracegirdle recalled going to the Tesco store, where he was a regular customer, and finding the needle in his pocket.
He decided to use the needle to try to make his escape from the store, although he had known Mr Ahmed for two years and would have been easily identified.

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