A hepatitis sufferer who tried to infect his partner with the virus during a violent attack on her has been sent to jail.
A court heard Lee Brookes deliberately cut his hand and tried to force his bleeding fingers in her mouth during the incident.
Victim Jenna Jones had to go through an anxious wait for blood test results which proved negative.
Leeds Crown Court heard Brookes, 34, also set fire to Ms Jones’s flat during the incident on February 7 this year.
Phillip Standfast, prosecuting, said Brookes and Ms Jones had been in an on-off relationship for seven years and had recently got back together after splitting up the previous Christmas.
The day before the incident they had been drinking together on Leeds before returning to Ms Jones’s flat.
Brookes then left the property on his own but returned later and became aggressive.
He used a small axe to smash a mirror before using an electric grill to set fire to some bed sheets.
Mr Standfast said Ms Jones became frightened as the hallway filled up with smoke.
Brookes then cut hand and tried to put his fingers in her mouth, telling her: “I’m going to give you hep C”.
The court heard one of his fingers went up her nose during the disturbance.
Brookes also kicked Ms Jones in the face and legs during the attack.
She was taken to hospital after the incident after suffering bruising and swelling to her face and had to undergo blood tests.
Brookes, of Brompton Mount, Beeston, pleaded guilty to attempted to cause grievous bodily harm, arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and criminal damage.
The court heard Brookes has 28 convictions for 78 previous offences including burglary, affray and assault.
Mark Foley, mitigating, said Brookes had been diagnosed with hepatitis C - a virus which affects the liver - around seven years ago and it was as a result of his drug addiction.
Mr Foley said Brookes the arson offence and attack on his partner was not premeditated.
He added: “This is an extreme incident. He doesn’t know why and cannot explain why he flipped on this occasion.”
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, jailed Brookes for four-and-a-half years. He said: “Physical injuries were not serious and she did not contract the disease. But for a period of time she must have been worried.”
Referring to the arson offence, the judge said: “Fire is a dreadful element.
“It can cause consequences way beyond one might contemplate and it caused danger to others.”