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Man jailed for giving woman HIV
A 35-year-old man has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for infecting his girlfriend with HIV.

The pair met at a Bournemouth nightclub and had unprotected sex during their relationship even though the victim had been concerned the man had the virus.

The Zimbabwean man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted one count of grievous bodily harm.

Judge Roger Jarvis said the crime was "beyond comprehension" and recommended he be deported.

She understands and feels her future life is blighted and uncertain
Judge Roger Jarvis

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that the man had pressured the victim into having unprotected sex on a number of occasions even though he had known he had HIV since 2000.

His health worker finally contacted the 25-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and urged her to have an HIV test.

Her results came back as positive and she contacted police.

Judge Jarvis said: "This crime is a crime which is in many ways beyond comprehension by right thinking people.

"It took place in what to the victim was a loving relationship, but in truth, on your part, there was a callous and cruel deceit.

"You knew she had this anxiety and you misled her. Your victim was only 25 years of age.

"She understands and feels her future life is blighted and uncertain.

'Do it again'

"Your poor empathy with the victim and your disregard for medical advice which you had been given over a period of time leads me to believe there is a significant risk to other members of the public."

Andy Houston, prosecuting, said: "She was a bit worried about HIV risks because the defendant was from Africa.

"She did ask him when they first met and he told her he did not have anything."

The court heard that when the victim had confronted the man, whom she describes as her first love, "she got the impression he was going to go on and do it to another girl".

The woman told the court she no longer plans to have children and has not told her parents or friends about the virus.

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