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Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 16:37 GMT 17:37 UK
HIV man is jailed for 10 years
Feston Konzani
Konzani infected three women with HIV
A 28-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years at Teesside Crown Court for infecting three women with HIV.

Feston Konzani, an African asylum seeker living in Middlesbrough, infected the women between November 2000 and last August.

He originally faced accusations of infecting four women but was cleared of one charge by Judge Peter Fox QC.

Konzani was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm by infecting the women through sexual intercourse.

A jury of eight men and four women took less than three hours to convict Konzani unanimously on all three charges.

'Pride or lust'

The judge told Konzani: "The GBH which you inflicted falls into the category of the very worst sort for not only are the lives of these young women to be very substantially curtailed.

"You knew all along you had the infection and you knew you should have told them.

"Whether it was your pride or lust which stood in the way, it matters not."

Konzani was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison after being given one four-year sentence and two three-year sentences to run consecutively.

The court was told that Konzani will be deported to Malawi when he has served his prison sentence.



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