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HIV bigamist jailed for infections
Kouassi Adaye
The judge described Adaye's behaviour as "despicable"
A bigamist from South Africa who admitted infecting his lover with HIV has been jailed for six years.

Kouassi Michel Adaye, 40, who pleaded guilty on Friday, came to Britain five years ago, claiming asylum.

Although he had a wife in South Africa, he married a 57-year-old Liverpool woman in January last year.

He had also started a relationship with a 48-year-old woman - also from Merseyside - knowing he was probably HIV positive, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The woman contracted the virus after sleeping with Adaye.

Judge David Lynch, who recommended that Adaye should be deported after serving his sentence, told him he was a danger to women and that his behaviour was "despicable".

I cannot imagine a greater degree of grievous bodily harm
Judge David Lynch
"You pleaded guilty on the basis you were reckless and did not intend to inflict this harm. It is recklessness of the highest possible degree," he said.

The court was told Adaye had been warned he was a potential carrier of the virus.

Judge Lynch said: "But you went on and had unprotected sexual intercourse with this lady and you knew it was highly likely, if not certain, that you were HIV positive."

He added: "I cannot imagine a greater degree of grievous bodily harm than infecting a person with a virus of this nature."

'Single parent'

According to prosecutor John McDermott QC, Adaye's South African wife informed him in April 2002 that she was infected with HIV.

Adaye, of Wynnstay Street, Toxteth, pleaded guilty to bigamy and inflicting unlawful and malicious bodily harm on his victim.

At an earlier hearing he had also pleaded guilty to 20 charges of deception.

These included using a false passport, a false driving licence, and procuring a false national insurance number.

Adaye also illegally claimed more than 12,000 in benefits falsely claiming he was a single parent caring for two children in a cramped flat without electricity.

And despite not being allowed to work while his asylum bid was being processed, he held down three jobs.




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