Man Jailed For Deliberately Lying And Infecting 2 Women With HIV
A callous lover who deliberately lied to two of his girlfriends about his HIV status and then infected them with the virus has been jailed for five years.
It is understood that the 23-year-old Japhet Osei, of Reading, Berkshire, slept with the two women after being diagnosed as HIV positive and refused any help from doctors or to take any drugs to suppress the virus.
The Metro UK reports that he did not use protection with a 17-year-old girl and encouraged a cautious second woman into have unsafe sex because she was his girlfriend.
Osei even lied that a sexual health clinic check-up had found he was clean and showed her a text message to prove it, a court heard.
However, he was keeping the secret that he was not only HIV positive but that he had a particularly high viral count, which meant it was more likely he would infect partners through unprecedented sex.
Both women, who cannot be identified for legal reasons and were referred to as Miss A and Miss B throughout the hearing, quickly fell ill and tests showed Osei had passed the virus onto each of them.
Expert analysis found that they shared exactly the same strain of the virus.
On Friday, Judge Angela Morris, sitting at Reading Crown Court, said Osei, wearing a blue tracksuit, had “lied, lied and lied again” after he admitted two counts of causing grievous bodily harm.
Jailing him for five years, the judge said:
‘We are not living in the 1980s where everyone was ignorant of the effects of this disease and running around in a panic. This is 30 years later.
‘You were provided with expertise, assistance and the opportunity for treatment for the terrible disease you knew you carried and you refused it. Despite your knowledge of your medical condition you embarked on a sexual relationship. Your actions are totally inexcusable.’