Bail for accused HIV infector
A 40-year-old man accused of deliberately exposing at least one woman to HIV has been granted bail in the Adelaide Magistrates Court, despite the likelihood of fresh charges.
X is charged with two counts of endangering life after he exposed his partner to the HIV virus.
Prosecutor Lucy Boord opposed bail, saying X has threatened the director of the Public Health Department and is likely to try to intimidate his victims.
The court heard X came to Australia as a refugee and has been living in Australia for 10 years.
The court also heard he was about to return to Africa when he was arrested.
He has been released on home detention bail on the condition he surrenders his passport and wears an electronic monitor.
He will also be prevented from contacting any of his alleged victims including a child born to one of his ex-girlfriends.
An African migrant who is charged with “two counts of endangering life after he exposed his partner to the HIV virus” has been granted bail.
ABC online reports that the man, whose case was first reported last month, has received “home detention bail on the condition he surrenders his passport and wears an electronic monitor.”
Despite the report’s headline – ‘Bail for accused HIV infector’ – it’s not clear from any of the reports so far that that he is actually accused of criminal HIV transmission, but rather non-disclosure prior to unprotected sex (criminal HIV exposure). This seems possible under South Australia’s criminal law, but unusual.
Last month’s report from Adeleide Now included the following details:
This latest report adds a little more detail to the case, notably that, like so many accused in low-prevalence high-income countries, the man is a heterosexual African migrant:
However, the report also suggests that it is not only the woman who is a complainant in the case, but also her baby.
This suggests that the woman, his ex-girlfriend, tested HIV-positive after transmitting HIV to her baby, and he now stands accused of both infections.