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Austrian convicted of intentionally giving ex-wife COVID-19

BY , May 11, 2021 7:36 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

File - Paramedics push a patient up the roadway as ambulances spill out onto the road trying to navigate the Emergency Department at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday May 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

A man in Austria has been convicted of intentionally infecting his ex-wife with the coronavirus by coughing at her.

A spokesman for the Linz regional court said Tuesday that the 63-year-old was given a nine-month sentence, suspended for three years.

Judges had convicted the man Monday of attempted serious bodily harm for giving the victim COVID-19 while they were still living in the same house pending the finalization of their divorce last November.

The defendant had coughed at the 70-year-old woman after learning that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

He was also convicted of threatening the victim and lesser bodily harm for grabbing her throat and urging her to leave their shared house.

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