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Man 'recklessly' gave women HIV
Mohammed Dica
Mr Dica is accused of infecting two women with HIV
A man "recklessly" infected two women with HIV while they were unaware he had the virus, a court has been told.

Inner London Crown Court heard Mohammed Dica, 37, went on to have unprotected sex with the second woman after the first told him he had infected her.

Kenyan-born Mr Dica, from Mitcham, south-west London, denies two counts of 'biological' grievous bodily harm.

He is accused of infecting the women between 1997-1998 and in 2001 in the ongoing trial.

On the first day of the trial Mark Gadsden prosecuting told the court Mr Dica told the first woman, whom he met in 1996, that she could not become pregnant as he had had a vasectomy.

The women will each say if he had told us he was HIV positive then we would never have considered having unprotected sex with him
Mark Gadsden prosecuting

The woman, originally from Somalia, discovered his lie when she fell pregnant in 1998, Mr Gadsden said.

She had an abortion after being diagnosed with HIV.

The court was told Mr Dica said he could not have the "homosexual disease" as he "was not gay" when the woman confronted him. Their relationship ended soon after.

Mr Gadsden said Mr Dica would say in his defence that he told the woman he had HIV and she replied that she thought she was already infected.

The court was told the defendant met the second woman, a mother-of-two, in a south London nightclub in 2000.

'Bodily harm'

The woman left her long-term and only sexual partner for Mr Dica, who allegedly persuaded her to have sex without condoms by saying he did not like them.

Mr Dica was said to be "shocked" when the woman told him she had HIV.

The prosecution said he would say he had a one-night stand with her in 1994 - the year before he was diagnosed with HIV.

Mr Gadsden described passing on HIV as "the most serious form of bodily harm" because it is "life-threatening" and has "no known cure".

He told the jury: "They (the women) will each say to you if he had told us the truth and told us he was HIV positive then of course we would never have considered having unprotected sex with him."

The case was adjourned until Tuesday.




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