Leicestershire HIV man denies infecting two women

  • 3 September 2013
  • From the section Leicester

A man who allegedly infected two women with HIV has been described in court as "utterly selfish" with a "callous disregard" for their wellbeing.

Leicester Crown Court heard the man, who cannot be identified, is charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm between 2006 and 2010.

The jury heard the first victim, who was 16 when they met, had a child with the defendant.

The 32-year-old man pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Prosecuting barrister, Rebecca Herbert, said when the first victim's child was one-year-old, the defendant showed signs of having a sexually transmitted disease and accused his partner of cheating on him.

They both went to be checked at the Leicester Royal Infirmary but when staff asked if she knew that her partner was HIV positive, she was "shocked and stunned".

Her thoughts turned to her baby but the child had not contracted the virus.

'Expecting the worst'

The court heard the second victim, in her early 20s at the time, fell in love with the defendant and began having unprotected sex with him after he told her he could not use condoms and "she had no reason to doubt his health", Mrs Herbert said.

In January 2010 she received an anonymous phone call from a sexual health clinic, asking who her partner was and strongly suggesting she undergo tests.

The prosecution said the defendant did not admit to having HIV until the day before the victim was due to get her results.

"When she went to get the results, she was expecting the worst and her fears were confirmed," said Mrs Herbert.

The court also heard the strain of HIV found in the victims and the defendant were "distinct and very similar to each other," consistent with transmission between three individuals.

The trial continues.

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