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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Canada: Another guilty verdict in Ontario

February 6, 2008

Owen Antoine, a 41 year-old HIV-positive man, has been found guilty of reckless HIV transmission in an Ontario court. It took the jury just five hours to deliver the verdict. Antoine has been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault, sexual … More

Australia: Stuart McDonald finally ‘free’ on bail

February 5, 2008

A brief update in the South Australian case of Stuart McDonald, who has been kept under house arrest as part of his onerous bail conditions. Adelaide Magistrates Court today ruled he was now ‘free’ to live elsewhere, according to a … More

Canada: HIV exposure charge dismissed following dramatic Ontario courtroom scene

February 5, 2008

In a rare piece of good news to come out of Canada, Mark Hinton, of London, Ontario, left the court a free man yesterday after a charge of attempted aggravated sexual assault – for allegedly exposing another man to HIV … More

Sweden: British man sentenced to 14 years for HIV transmission

February 1, 2008

The Associated Press reports that a British-born man who has lived in Sweden since chilhood has been jailed for 14 years on two counts of reckless HIV transmission, and 14 counts of HIV exposure. Click here for a page refresh … More

Canada: New developments in Aziga murder trial

January 28, 2008

The world’s first-ever sexual HIV transmission murder trial will now take place in Hamilton, Ontario on October 6th 2008 – more than five years after Johnson Aziga’s arrest. The further delay is due to Mr Aziga taking on a new … More

US: Further developments in California civil case

January 28, 2008

Further developments in the case of Bridget B and John B in California, whose civil case made headlines in 2006 when the California Supreme Court ruled that “constructive knowledge” of HIV risk meant that a person has a duty to … More

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

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