HIV infection man's jail sentence cut to eight years

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Mark Devereaux was originally jailed for 10 years

A man jailed for 10 years after his pregnant girlfriend found out he had infected her with HIV has had his sentence cut.

Mark Devereaux, 42, who also had unprotected sex with other women, had known he had the virus for nine years.

His partner, who was pregnant with twins, chose to have them aborted after discovering she had HIV.

Devereaux, who admitted culpable and reckless conduct, appealed February's sentence. It was cut to eight years.

At the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, Lord Osborne, sitting with Lord Kingarth, ruled that the sentence had been excessive.

Devereaux was working offshore when his partner found a letter in their home, in the north east of Scotland, which said he was HIV positive.

Devereaux, latterly of Dundee, admitted four charges of culpable and reckless conduct dating from January 2003 to December 2008.

One of Devereaux's other victims, who had a relationship with him in 2003, said at the time: "He is definitely an evil person - he is extremely manipulative.

"Thankfully, I wasn't infected with HIV."

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