A traffic officer jailed for passing genital herpes on to his ex-girlfriend has walked free from jail on bail after launching an appeal against his criminal conviction. David Christopher Edward Golding, 28, from Northamptonshire, received a 14-month jail sentence after admitting to causing grievous bodily harm to his ex-girlfriend. Yet new evidence could cast doubt on whether Mr. Golding had actually passed the sexually transmitted infection on to the woman.
A prosecution-commissioned medical report proposes that it could not be proved whether or not the woman had contracted genital herpes from Mr. Golding. Mr. Justice Burnett granted Mr. Golding bail while new evidence is garnered for his appeal. Mr. Golding’s legal team may argue that Mr. Golding should not have pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm but rather to the less serious offence of causing actual bodily harm, which is associated with a lesser sentence.
Nigel Scott, a spokesman for the Herpes Viruses Association (HVA), described Mr. Golding’s sentence as “outrageous”. Mr. Scott added that genital herpes is “such a trivial infection that most people do not notice it”. He described the virus as having “exactly the same medical implications and consequences as an ordinary facial cold sore”.
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