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HIV man guilty of infecting lover
Mohammed Dica
Dica has never given an indication of his motive
A man with HIV who infected his lover with the virus after persuading her to have unprotected sex has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Dica, 38, from Mitcham, south-west London, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of grievous bodily harm.

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

Dica was convicted of GBH against two women in 2003 but a retrial was ordered by the Court of Appeal.

The woman, known as D, was said to be elated at the verdict after enduring three trials in which Dica has refused to give evidence.

Unprotected sex

Det Sgt Jo Goodall said: "She is an incredibly brave woman who is now trying to move forward with her life.

"Dica has never shown any remorse. He has never given evidence and we do not know what his motivation was."

Dica, from Mitcham, south London, was convicted of reckless grievous bodily harm against D and another woman at Inner London Crown Court in October 2003.

He appealed and the High Court ordered a retrial during which the issue of whether the woman would still have had sex with Dica if she had known about the HIV, was to be aired.

'Fast and loose'

The second woman was unable to face court again because of her health and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on D in November, last year.

During this third trial, Mark Gadsden, prosecuting, said Dica had "played fast and loose" with the woman's life after starting an affair with her.

The court heard Dica had met the woman, known as D, at a nightclub and started an affair during which she initially provided condoms.

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

The woman is now HIV positive and will be on medication for the rest of her life.


SEE ALSO:
Fresh trial for HIV accused man
23 Jun 04 |  London
HIV man wins right to a retrial
05 May 04 |  London


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