Canadian Spreading HIV Convicted for Murder
Setting a precedent, Johnson Aziga, 52, is the first person in Canada who has been found guilty of murdering two women, sexually assaulting others and having unprotected sex, without warning them that he carried the AIDS virus, even though he knew his HIV positive status since 1996 and was under a public health order to inform would-be lovers.
While, seven of Aziga's partners became infected, with two dying of AIDS-related cancers, several others exposed to the virus, luckily tested negative.
Arguing that Aziga was depressed and ill, his defence tried to impress upon the jury that their client did not deliberately endanger lives. Munyonzwe Hamalengwa, one of Aziga's lawyers saying 'It's a very bad precedent', stated in an interview that the verdict is based on a bad law, bound to 'wreak havoc' in the criminal justice system. As for the victims, they testified that if they have been aware that Aziga was infected, they would never have had sex with him.
The Hamilton man found guilty on two counts of first degree murder, 10-counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault, will be sentenced on 7th May. First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for 25-years.
Aziga, a former research analyst with Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General and father of three, was diagnosed with HIV nearly 13-years ago. His defense team is considering appealing against the verdict.