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HIV man 'toyed with lover's life'
Mohammed Dica
Dica said the woman knew he was HIV positive
A man diagnosed with HIV infected his lover with the virus after persuading her to have unprotected sex, the Old Bailey has heard.

Mohammed Dica, 38, from Mitcham, south-west London, is accused of not telling the woman he was HIV-positive. He denies grievous bodily harm.

The court heard the mother-of-two became infected with the virus in 2001 after starting an affair with Mr Dica.

The prosecution claimed Mr Dica "played fast and loose with her life".

Mark Gadsden, prosecuting, said: "He knew he had encouraged her to have unprotected sex with him and knew he would pass on the virus.

"He had not even inquired whether she loved him so much she did not mind being passed on the virus."

I may have been taken in by him and the stories he told, but I did not want to be infected by a disease which may end up killing me
Woman known as D

Mr Gadsden told the court the couple met at a nightclub and started an affair during which the woman - known as D - initially provided condoms.

But Mr Dica soon persuaded her to have unprotected sex until she had an HIV test a few months later, he said.

"She trusted him. She thought they would be getting into a long-term relationship and wanted to live together.

But after she became ill Mr Dica disappeared and after his arrest he claimed the woman knew about his condition.

Mr Gadsden said in a statement the woman had said: "Love may be blind but I am not stupid.

"I may have been taken in by him and the stories he told, but I did not want to be infected by a disease which may end up killing me."

The trial continues.




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