[Update]UK: Man sentenced to 32 months in South Devon for not disclosing his HIV status, a requirement from a previous court order

February 15, 2019

Published in The Mirror on February 15, 2019

Serial love rat who infected gran, 82, with HIV jailed over new relationship

X was sentenced to 32 months after breaching court orders which meant he must disclose to any woman he meets that he is HIV positive

A HIV-positive serial love rat who infected an 82-year-old grandmother with the virus has been jailed for his relationship with another woman.

X was sentenced to 32 months after breaching court orders which meant he must tell any woman he meets that he is HIV positive.

The order was first made in 2005 when he infected an 82-year-old woman with the virus after having sex with her.

Since then X has breached the Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) on various occasions.

Those orders banned him for engaging in sex with anyone if he had not told them he was HIV positive, and associating with children under 16 in a public or private place.

Yesterday Judge Paul Cook jailed him for a total of 32 months. 

X met his latest victim after setting up a profile on the dating website Plenty of Fish.

He told his victim she “looked lovely” and he met the woman and visited her and her family on four occasions.

Judge Paul Cook said: “You engaged in sexual activity with her which involved intimate kissing.

“The sexual activity was intimate but it fell short of penile penetration.”

The judge said he also played with her two-year-old great granddaughter, bouncing her up and down on his knees and playing with her toys.

He said he infected the 82-year-old woman with HIV when he was 44 and in 2015 he had a sexual relationship with a 65-year-old woman.

Prosecutor Mary McCarthy said X has a long history of offending including violence, dishonesty and sexual offences.

In 2009 he breached the orders four times when he undertook work for an elderly lady.

In 2012 after he was freed from jail he associated with a vulnerable female family member.

In 2014 he breached it by going to Guernsey with a woman with whom he had unprotected sex.

And again in 2014 he befriended a woman who had children.

Exeter Crown Court said his police offender manager investigated last September that X had begun a relationship with a 62-year-old woman in Brixham, Devon.

Miss McCarthy said: “It quickly developed into a relationship but not a sexual one. They were close quite quickly and there was kissing and sexual touching.

“She had not been informed he was HIV positive.”

X was arrested but told police he had informed the woman of his HIV status.

And he said their relationship was a friendly one where he pecked her on the cheek – and denied it was a sexual relationship.

Kevin Hopper, defending, said: “There is a theme here of the same old offences committed time and time again.

“The terms of the order have been made crystal clear to him.”

He said X, of Brixham, Devon, claims the chances of passing on his viral infection are zero.

Mr Hopper said: “He does not consider himself a sex offender.

“The order is an albatross around his neck.”

He said if 57-year-old X discloses his sexual status to anyone it marks “the end of the relationship before it has started”.

X admitted breaching the SOPO in October 2017 and breaching the SHPO in January 2019.

The judge told him: “You have persistently breached the order since 2005. The public are entitled to protection because you have infected someone in the past.

He said X had retreated from the last relationship just as police began investigating him.


October 12, 2018

Man with HIV accused of having sex without telling woman about virus

X, 57, will stand trial in February accused of breaching a sex ban notification order.

An HIV positive man from South Devon will stand trial accused of having sex with a woman without informing her about the virus.

X, 57, appeared at Exeter Crown Court via video link from prison charged with breaching the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

It is alleged that he engaged in sexual relations with a woman without informing her of his HIV status, something he is required to do by an order imposed in 2005.

X entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

He was represented in court by Ms Ceylan Bayram who said the defendant maintained his innocence.

Prosecutor Ms Caroline Bolt said there would have to be a trial.

Judge Timothy Rose remanded X in custody.

A trial lasting two days will take place on February 13 next year.

Published in DevonLife on October 11, 2018

July 19, 2013

Friendly neighbour who was high risk sex offender

UNSUSPECTING neighbours who befriended a notorious sex offender while he hid behind a secret identity said their families should have been made aware of the risks. Two families, who have asked not to be identified due to fears for their safety, have spoken exclusively to the Echo to highlight their grave concerns after discovering they were living alongside a dangerous sex pest.

They were shocked to discover the ‘friendly’ neighbour X, who had offered to mow a neighbour’s lawn and fix a youngster’s car, was in fact X. X is an HIV-infected sex offender who was banned from having any contact with anyone over 60. Last week he was jailed for six months for breaking this strict court order.

In 2005 he was one of the first people in Britain to be jailed for recklessly infecting a partner with HIV. He admitted causing grievous bodily harm to an 82-year-old woman who he befriended. He was jailed for three years and three months at Exeter Crown Court and after his release he moved to the village of Whitestone near Exeter. He was released in 2007 but made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) which banned him from having any contact with anyone over 60. He was jailed again in 2009 for a further three years at Exeter Crown Court for breaking the order by approaching vulnerable elderly women around Whitestone and offering to do odd jobs around their home.