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HIV man recklessly infected woman
Giovanni Mola
Giovanni Mola was found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow
A man has been found guilty of knowingly infecting his former partner with HIV and Hepatitis C.

Giovanni Mola, 38, had denied culpably and recklessly failing to say he had HIV to the danger of the woman's life.

Mola committed the offence between September 2003 and February 2004, at a flat in Edinburgh's Home Street and elsewhere in the city.

The Italian chef will return to the High Court in Glasgow to be sentenced on 7 March.

Mola was expressionless as the jury of eight women and seven men returned a majority verdict after deliberating for 80 minutes.

Judge Lord Hodge told Mola that the indifference he had shown towards his victim, known only as Miss X, had been "deeply disturbing".

It's deeply disturbing that you should have been prepared to show such indifference to the health and welfare of Miss X
Lord Hodge

During the trial, Mola denied claims that he had bedded 200 women. The court also heard how Mola never wore condoms and "aggressively" refused to do so.

Following the verdict, Lord Hodge told Mola: "You've been convicted of a very serious sexual offence against Miss X. You've caused her lasting damage.

"While you've been struck by tragedy in acquiring HIV and Hepatitis C from a former girlfriend, it's deeply disturbing that you should have been prepared to show such indifference to the health and welfare of Miss X."

The couple began their relationship after they got chatting in a shop in the summer of 2003.

During the trial the victim told the court that she had been a virgin before she met Mola.

'Waiting to die'

Miss X received the positive test results a month after the relationship ended.

Mola was arrested and went on the run to Italy, before being extradited last summer to face trial.

The woman, who was not in court to hear the verdict, has since undergone medical treatment and is seeing a psychologist.

She told the court during the trial: "I feel like it's murder. I know it's a bit extreme, but I'm waiting to die."

The court heard that her sister is the only member of her family who knows about her diagnosis.

Mola's conviction for knowingly infecting his former partner is the second of its kind in Scotland.

Stephen Kelly was found guilty by majority verdict of reckless conduct after a trial at the same court in March 2001.


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