A woman has re-lived the moment she confronted the ex-partner she believed infected her with HIV.
Leslie Pringle did not tell the woman, referred to as X at Newcastle Crown court, he had been diagnosed with the disease and did not use protection when he had sex with her, it is claimed.
He is currently being tried for inflicting grievous bodily harm to the woman by infecting her with the virus, which he denies.
X told jurors at Newcastle Crown Court, while giving evidence from behind a screen to protect her privacy, she confronted the 48-year-old photographer at his studio after she had been told she had the disease.
She told the court: "It was rage, it is the only word I can use to describe it.
"I am a very calm, private person really and I don't think I have ever felt that way before.
"The deceit just beggars belief."
The woman told jurors Pringle, of Rennington Avenue, North Shields, had told her during the confrontation he "wasn't dealing with it" after getting his own diagnosis.
The woman told jurors she "collapsed" after being told she had tested positive for the disease during a health check, after her relationship with Pringle had ended.
She told jurors she "regrettably" did not use condoms while having sex with Pringle and they were never suggested or discussed.
She said: "It was because I was in love with him, because I thought it was a safe relationship, I felt safe in it."
The trial continues.
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