A PARAMEDIC spiked the wine of a woman he met on the internet.

Steven Jones, aged 37, of Sedley Court, Sydenham Hill, slipped a powerful painkiller into her glass while the woman was in the bathroom of her flat.

But his plan was foiled when the victim, a police nurse, decided they weren't a match and ended the evening.

She had only had 'two or three sips' of the wine.

Jones, who also worked as a bank nurse at Trinity Hospital, Greenwich, met the woman on a website called lovehorse.co.uk in March 2005, under the username Equusmale'.

They exchanged mobile phone numbers and began swapping text messages before she invited him to her flat in Hindhead, Surrey, for dinner.

Guildford Crown Court heard that when she got home Jones was at her door clutching a bottle of red wine.

After returning from the bathroom later on that evening she noticed her glass had been refilled by Jones.

She said: "I noticed that it appeared cloudy and that it had a film across the top of it.

Later on she was prompted to inspect the glass further after a message on her phone from Jones.

She said: "At the bottom of the glass was a white round object, it appeared to be a tablet which had begun to dissolve.

The jury was also told when Jones' computer was searched there was a conversation concerning a drug called Tramadol on his MSN messenger.

Among his messages were the words: "It was strong enough to send me off my face on the dose the nurse at the hospital told me to take.

Judge Derek Inman ordered Jones be put on the Sex Offenders' Register and adjourned sentencing until later this month.

Jones pleaded not guilty to administering a substance with intent to engage in sexual activity, but was found guilty by a jury following the week-long trial.

Five foot Jones was also a sergeant in the Royal Auxilliary Air Force and had been awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for service in Iraq.

He received a 'nice guy and gentleman's ranking' of 8.9 out of 10 on the website and included in the comments from other users Jones was described as 'cryptic' and 'honest'.