Saturday, April 04, 2009

Ontario Man Found Guilty of Murder Through Spreading HIV

From CFRA Radio:

A Hamilton man is the first HIV-positive man in Canada to be convicted of murder through spreading HIV.

A jury has found 52-year-old Johnson Aziga guilty of two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of two women who died from AIDS-related illnesses.

Aziga was also found guilty on 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault.

It was the first trial in Canadian history involving someone being charged with lethally infecting partners with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The man had been aware he was carrying HIV since 1996.

Aziga was accused of transmitting the virus while having unprotected sex with co-workers and women he met in bars and nightclubs.

additional reports

Hamilton man found guilty of murder by spreading HIV

A Hamilton jury rendered a historic legal verdict Saturday, making Johnson Aziga the first HIV-positive man in Canada to be convicted of murder for recklessly spreading the virus that causes AIDS.

Mr. Aziga, 52, of Hamilton, was found guilty as charged of two counts of first-degree murder and 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault, as well as being convicted on one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault.


Ontario man, 52, found guilty of first-degree murder in landmark HIV murder case

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