Cases

The latest cases curated for the HIV Justice Network from global news reports.  Older cases from the Criminal HIV Transmission blog are also included.

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Australia: SA judge may relax Stuart McDonald’s onerous bail conditions

January 22, 2008

Stuart McDonald, the first person to be detained without charge under South Australia’s public health Act, in April 2007, for alleged reckless HIV transmission, was in court yesterday, where the judge agreed to consider relaxing the very strict bail restrictions … More

Australia: Brisbane man jailed 12 months for biting a policeman

January 17, 2008

A senior Brisbane judge has sent an HIV-positive man to prison for 12 months as a “genuine deterrent” to prevent others from spitting or biting police because he believes “there are now diseases in the community which are spread like … More

US: Illinois man charged with HIV exposure

January 14, 2008

A shoddily-written article from a local paper in Illinois reports that a 53 year-old HIV-positive man, Raymond Walker, is being charged under Illinois’ draconian ‘intentional HIV exposure’ laws [see this link for a summary of US HIV exposure laws] after … More

US: HIV-positive California man accepts plea bargain to drop ‘special AIDS enhancement’

January 10, 2008

An HIV-positive Northern Californian man has accepted a plea bargain ‘deal’ where he pleas no contest to a succession of serious charges, which could lead to 42 years in jail. In return, prosecutors have dropped the ‘special AIDS enhancement’ to … More

Australia: Perth man released on bail

January 8, 2008

A major update on the case of Wepukhulu Zebtek reported on Monday. His new lawyer has successfully argued that since the woman tested HIV-positive three days following the alleged rape, his client could not have infected the woman. Zebtek is … More

Australia: Perth man charged with criminal HIV transmission, rape

January 7, 2008

A Perth man, Wepukulu Zebtec, has been charged with ‘aggravated sexual penetration’ after allegedly raping a woman and apparently infecting her with HIV. “The court was also told that the woman went to Royal Perth Hospital three days after the … More

Canada: Date set for first-ever HIV transmission murder trial

January 4, 2008

Johnson Aziga, 51, will finally be tried on May 12th, 2008 for the first-degree murder of two former female sexual partners who died of HIV-related illnesses. Three previous trial dates had been cancelled after Aziga fired previous defence teams. Superior … More

US: Arkansas man charged with HIV exposure, rape

December 27, 2007

An Arkansas man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl and exposing her to HIV. His trial is set for February 28th. Full story from Northwest Arkansas Times below. Fayetteville man pleads innocent to … More

Canada: Ontario judge deliberates over appropriate sentencing for guilty plea

December 18, 2007

Last spring, Windsor, Ontario businessman Carl Leone, 32, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of aggravated sexual assault for having unprotected sex without disclosing his HIV-positive status. Five of those 15 women were later found to be HIV-positive. The judge has … More

US: Heterosexual HIV exposure case in Virginia

December 14, 2007

A North Carolina man Robert Earl Johnson, 42, has been charged with infected sexual battery in neighbouring Viriginia – a Class 6 felony that carries a potential five-year jail term – accused of having unprotected sex with his girlfriend without … More

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