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'He played with my life'
Deborah
Deborah had thought Dica was the man of her dreams
One of the women "deliberately" infected with HIV by Mohammed Dica has said her "sentence has just begun".

Dica was found guilty on Tuesday of two counts of "biological" grievous bodily harm.

The woman, who can only be identified as Deborah, first met Dica at a south London nightclub.

"I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.

"He destroyed my life. If he had been honest from the beginning I'd never have had an affair with him. I'd have run a mile."

When the couple met Deborah was in a long-term relationship, but she thought Dica was the man of her dreams. Within weeks they became lovers.

I still loved this man, even though I knew he'd given it to me
Deborah
The father-of-three told Deborah he was separated from his wife, and pursued her with endless declarations of love, marriage and children.

"He was like a prince in shining armour, saying all the right things. He was a lawyer, a Gulf War veteran, and so on.

"I was going through a bad time. He was there, getting me through things."

The woman, who is in her 30s, said Dica convinced her to leave her partner, but as soon as she did he disappeared.

Around this time her health started to deteriorate and she soon discovered she was HIV positive.

Mohammed Dica
Dica said both women knew he was HIV positive
Deborah said that at first she could not think straight, but knew she had to find the man who had infected her.

Then one of Dica's friends confided to her that he was seriously ill in a hospital.

When the mother-of-two tracked him down, he claimed doctors could not diagnose his condition.

"I thought he really needs help and it would help the doctors and him if I told him. He held his head in his hands and said, 'Oh my God, I can't believe it'."

He said he would take a test and two weeks later Dica told Deborah it was positive.

"I still loved this man, even though I knew he'd given it to me. I thought he'd done so unknowingly.

'Felt dead inside'

"But that couldn't have been further from the truth."

The couple resumed their relationship, until Deborah discovered Dica had also infected his former girlfriend.

"I felt sick. I felt dead inside.

"I had to stop this man ruining more lives. He played with my life and he's destroyed it.

"This has been a tragic part of my life. He passed on this infection deliberately.

"Those who have it confirmed are obliged by human decency to make sure you don't spread that tragedy to others.

'Justice done'

"I've often wondered why he did this. Maybe it was revenge, but only he would know this.

"But I know he's got no remorse. He's only interested in himself."

Deborah was "very low" in the first year after diagnosis, but said reporting Dica to the police made her stronger.

"I know this is not over for me, but today we have seen the law really is there to support us.

"My sentence has just begun. But I can now move on, knowing that justice has been done."




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