Lawyer's Langlees 'poison chalice' of a client threatened to infect person with HIV

An offender who made a vile threat to infect someone with HIV and Hepatitis was referred to as a “poison chalice” by her defence solicitor.

By Court Reporter
Sunday, 4th April 2021, 11:04 am

John Mulholland made the comment at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday in reference to him taking on the case of Shannon Duffy (20) who has an bad record of offending.

Duffy, of 78 Lomond Drive, Langlees, had previously admitted behaving in a threatening manner in Falkirk’s Howgate Shopping Centre on May 30, 2019 when she made her threats to infect an employee with HIV and Hepatitis.

She also pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour at Asda, Newmarket Street, Falkirk on September 2 and Falkirk Police Station, West Bridge Street, on September 3, 2019.

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Duffy threatened to infect an employee with HIV and Hepatitis at Falkirk's Howgate Shopping Centre

The court heard Duffy was subject to a community payback order until May 27.

Sheriff Derek Livingston placed her on a structured deferred sentence for eight weeks for her to be of good behaviour and engage with addiction and psychiatric services.