A thief who jammed a syringe into a shop assistant shouting ‘Do you want AIDS?’ has been jailed.
Michael Brain, 36, was trying to steal a TV from Sainsbury’s when he was confronted by shop workers.
He attacked three of them with the needle to try to make his escape.
One man was scratched in the hand, a woman was stabbed in the hand and a second man was hit with the needle in the stomach.
The needle was found to be clean and unused, so none of the victims had any lasting injuries, although they had to have tests as a precaution.
Brain has now been jailed for three years and nine months.
It happened at Sainsbury’s in Farlington, Hampshire in January, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.
Jordan Kerrell, prosecuting, said: ‘The staff attempted to restrain the defendant. He’s happened to say ‘do you want AIDS?’
‘The offender swung his arm back in a deliberate action and stabbed the needle into a worker’s belly.
A few days later, Brain, of Havant, took out a craft knife after he was challenged for stealing in B&Q.
The court heard Brain has 64 convictions for 157 offences.
Brain admitted two counts of theft, an attempted theft relating to the TV, common assault, three charges of using an article with a blade or point, and three assaults occasioning actual bodily harm.
One theft related to taking champagne from Co-op in Milton Road, Cowplain, on December 26 last year.
Sentencing Brain to 45 months imprisonment, Roger Hetherington said Brain committed the ‘extremely serious’ offences in order to fund his crack cocaine habit.