By Richard Torné
A man who held up staff at a Mojacar hotel with an allegedly infected syringe has been handed a one-year prison sentence after being found guilty of robbery by a court in Almería.
The events happened around midnight on September 2, 2010, at a beachside hotel located on the Avenida Mediterráneo road.
The court heard the man, a habitual drug user who also suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, walked up to the hotel’s reception and threatened to stab the male receptionist with a syringe, claiming it was infected with the AIDS virus and hepatitis. The staff member handed over the takings, amounting to between 500 and 700 euros.
The accused was also under the influence of drugs, having recently consumed heroin and cocaine.