Quebec man hid dirty syringes in store clothing

Claude Letourneau arrives to court on June 1, 2012. (JEAN-FRANÇOIS DESBIENS / TVA NOUVELLES)

Claude Letourneau arrives to court on June 1, 2012. (JEAN-FRANÇOIS DESBIENS / TVA NOUVELLES)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:14 PM ET

MONTREAL - A Quebec man has admitted to hiding dirty syringes inside clothing in shopping malls.

Claude Letourneau, 49, pleaded guilty Thursday to 32 counts of assault with a weapon after dirty syringes were found across several stores in Sherbrooke, Que., about 150 km east of Montreal. Eight people were injured after they pricked themselves with syringes hidden in Quebec shopping malls between August 2011 and June.

People who came in contact with the needles had to undergo preventative medication therapy for an array of potential illnesses, but it appeared nobody was infected. Police arrested Letourneau in June. They were able to match the suspect's DNA with samples left on a syringe in Quebec City 10 years ago, where Letourneau used to live. Lawyers for both sides are expected to come at an agreement on a sentence to suggest to the judge.


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