Woman punished for infecting men with HIV.
ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court sentenced a 19-year-old GCC woman to three years in jail plus imposed a fine of Dhs30,000. She was charged with endangering the lives of two men by keeping them in ignorance of her infection with HIV before she had sex with them. This happened despite her knowledge that she was suffering from the disease.
The court also sentenced the second defendant to one year in jail on the charge of having a sexual affair. The third defendant was sentenced to three months in jail on the charge of having a consensual sexual relationship.
The details of the case date back to the time when the third defendant met the woman through social media (snap chat) and they became friends. They decided to meet in a shopping mall in Dubai. He went with his friend, the second defendant, to meet the woman.
She asked them to take her to Abu Dhabi so she could visit her cousin. After they arrived in the capital the woman couldn’t remember where her cousin lived so the third defendant decided to book a hotel room for her that night.
The woman denied before the court the charges assigned to her, pointing out that the medical tests revealed the two men were found free from HIV. The men also denied charges of having illegal sex with the woman.
Woman in the dock over adultery, HIV transmission
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Criminal Court on Thursday looked into the case of a 19-year-old female who was charged with committing adultery with two defendants and other anonymous people. The court said the suspect was aware that she was HIV positive. The court deferred the case to March 31 for a verdict.
The first and the second defendants attended the court session from prison, while the third came from home, having received bail. The Public Prosecution had previously charged the girl with adultery and infecting others with HIV. The second was charged with committing adultery with the first suspect, while the third was charged with indecently assaulting the first suspect.
Details of the case back to a time when the third suspect met the first suspect through Snapchat. They later met, physically, in a mall in Dubai, along with the second suspect. The lady asked the third suspect to drive her to Abu Dhabi to visit her cousin. Upon arrival, the third suspect discovered that she had no cousin. The latter was forced to book a hotel room in his name, as a matter of aid, according to his claim.
The first suspect’s lawyer demanded that his client should be examined by a psychiatrist to determine her mental and psychological condition. The lawyer added that his client was a victim, since she had also been infected with HIV by other people. The lawyer rejected the initial medical examination on the suspect, pointing out that his client was not arrested red-handed.
The lawyer of the third suspect noted that her client denied the charges because he only drove the girl to Abu Dhabi and booked a room for her, because she did not have an identity card. The lawyer added that his client could not be charged with adultery due to lack of forensic evidence, since DNA tests showed that he was not infected with HIV.
The hotel’s surveillance cameras proved that the third suspect accompanied the first suspect, but he did not enter her room.
Dubai teenager denies trying to spread HIV
A 19-year-old woman with HIV-AIDS has been accused of endangering the lives of two men by not telling them she had the disease.
The Abu Dhabi Criminal Court was told that the Emirati woman was caught along with the two men aged 21 and 23, also Emiratis, in a hotel apartment in the capital after police were tipped off that they had an illegal affair.
Prosecutors told court that the woman admitted to police that she had sex with the men in the hotel apartment.
She also allegedly told police she knew she had the disease but decided not to tell the men.
Medical tests revealed the young woman suffers from HIV-AIDS but the two men were found to be negative.
Police said the woman became infected during a relationship with a man who had the virus.
In court, she admitted to being HIV positive but retracted her previous confessions when she denied having sex with the two men.
She also denied trying to spread the disease.
“I didn’t have sex with any of the men,” she told the court. “Also, I never tried to spread AIDS to them. And besides, they were found free from HIV.”
The men also denied charges of having illegal sex with the woman.
The 23-year-old man told the court he met the woman through social media and they became friends.
He later went with his friend, the third suspect, and met the woman at a mall in Dubai.
“She then asked us to take her to Abu Dhabi so she could visit her cousin,” said the accused.
But he said after they arrived in the capital the woman couldn’t remember where her cousin lived so he decided to get a hotel room for the night and the woman slept alone.
The trial was adjourned until March 1.