Court rejects HIV-positive man’s appeals

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Court of Appeal has refused to overturn convictions against an HIV-positive man who exposed two former girlfriends to the potentially deadly virus by failing to warn them about his medical condition.

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WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Court of Appeal has refused to overturn convictions against an HIV-positive man who exposed two former girlfriends to the potentially deadly virus by failing to warn them about his medical condition.

The 35-year-old — who can’t be named under a court order — lost his bid for a new trial this morning. The province’s highest court also refused to hear an appeal of his eight-year prison sentence.

He is facing automatic deportation back to his native Africa once his jail time is complete.

The man was convicted last summer of two counts of aggravated sexual assault in one of the province’s first cases of its kind.

He denied any wrongdoing at trial, taking the witness stand in his own defence and claiming he warned his partners about his illness, but they still elected to have sex with him despite the risk.

One of his victims was a 17-year-old girl who got pregnant — then tried to run over the man with her van after learning the truth about his health. She eventually miscarried. The other victim also got pregnant and gave birth to the man’s child.

The Crown told court the man had been repeatedly warned by medical officials about his responsibilities to any sexual partners. He also lied when confronted by the women about his condition.

mike.mcintyre@freepress.mb.ca

Mike McIntyre

Mike McIntyre
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Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.

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