Johnson Aziga has become the first person ever to be convicted of murder for sexually transmitting HIV.
The jury delivered their verdict late on Saturday after just three days of deliberation following a trial that lasted six months.
Story from The Hamilton Spectator, below.
Aziga guilty of murder
Becomes first HIV-positive man in Canada to be convicted of murder for recklessly spreading the virus that causes AIDS
By Barbara Brown
The Hamilton Spectator
Apriul 4th 2009
A Hamilton jury rendered an historic legal verdict at 5 p.m. Saturday, making Johnson Aziga the first HIV-positive man in Canada and probably the world to be convicted of murder for recklessly spreading the virus that causes AIDS.
Aziga, 52, was found guilty as charged of two counts of first-degree murder and 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault, as well as being convicted of one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault.
The nine men and three women on the Superior Court jury deliberated about 25 hours over the course of two and a half days before arriving at their verdict.
The one count of aggravated sexual assault about which the jury had a reasonable doubt concerned a victim who had difficulty in the witness box remembering the dates when she first met Aziga and had unprotected sex with him.
The woman also had unprotected sex with a Brantford man who was subsequently found to be HIV positive and who carried the same rare African strain of HIV as Aziga.