Man Found Guilty of First-degree Murder in HIV Case
Hamilton, Ontario - An Ontario man has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, in a landmark HIV case in Canada, after knowingly infecting several women, two of which have since died.
Ugandan born Johnson Aziga, 52, a former employee of Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General, had unprotected sex with 13 women without telling them that he was HIV positive.
He was also found guilty of 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault, and 1 of attempted aggravated sexual assault.
The trial, which began in October, is the first in Canada involving someone being charged with lethally infecting partners with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Aziga was accused of transmitting the virus while having unprotected sex with co-workers and women he met in bars and nightclubs.
Seven women became infected, two died of AIDS-related illnesses, and four were exposed to HIV but tested negative. The jury was tasked with deciding whether the infections and deaths were conclusively linked to Aziga.
The Crown said two women, whom Aziga met while working for the Ontario government, died after he failed to warn them he was HIV-positive, even though he had been aware of it since 1996 and was under public-health orders to do so
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