Tesco boss threatened with HIV by bleeding drug addict

PUBLISHED: 13:15 05 October 2011

David Cronin

David Cronin

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A DRUG addict pushed his bloody fingers into a Potters Bar store manager’s mouth screaming “I’ve got HIV... I’m going to give you HIV.”

The attack happened after Tesco manager David Jolley was trying to help a store detective who had stopped a young woman trying to steal a widescreen plasma TV.

Her boyfriend, David Cronin, 33, tried to get to her and when Mr Jolley stopped him, he pulled out a knife.

On September 20, St Albans Crown Court heard how, as Cronin grappled with the manager, he cut himself and was bleeding heavily.

The court was told Cronin, who by then had sent the manager toppling to the ground, then smeared blood over his face and pushed his fingers into Mr Jolley’s mouth.

Cronin, of Highfield Avenue, Hendon, North London, pleaded guilty to assaulting the manager, common assault on a female member of staff, affray and possessing a bladed article in the early hours of June 28 this year.

David Chrimes, prosecuting, said Cronin, who at the time was addicted to heroin, went to the store in the early hours with his then girlfriend.

The court heard it was when she was seen trying to remove a flat- screen TV from the store without paying that a store detective stopped her.

She began shouting out for Cronin and Mr Chrimes said it was then that Mr Jolley became involved as he tried to stop the defendant getting to her.

It was then, said the prosecutor, that he suddenly produced a kitchen knife, which he started brandishing about and then began to approach Mr Jolley saying “I’ll stab you.

“I’ve stabbed people before”.

Mr Jolley told later how Cronin was aiming stabbing motions at his shoulder and chest and he grabbed a wire basket to protect himself and parry away the blows.

The knife then dropped out of the defendant’s hands and he headbutted the manager.

Mr Chrimes added: “Blood was everywhere.

“Clearly that was the unpleasant and distressing aspect to this case”

He said that in fact Cronin did not have HIV but Mr Jolley wasn’t to know that at the time.

“It was clearly distressing for Mr Jolley,” he said.

The court was told Cronin had 24 previous convictions involving 56 offences.

Darryl Cherrett, defending, said “He is extremely ashamed of this incident.”

He said the root cause was Cronin’s heroin addiction.

Judge Stephen Warner jailed him for a total of three years.


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