A man, named John Nehemiah Rodney of Newton Abbot, has been accused of recklessly infecting three women with HIV. The infectious disease is alleged transferred to the victims without intent. The incident happened between the years 2015 and 2017.
Rodney is scheduled to undergo and defend on a fair trial before the Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. If proven guilty, Rodney will receive a punishment of up to five years in jail in England and Wales.
The Crown Prosecution Service reminds the public that the investigation is on-going and active. Therefore, any information about the procedures, reporting, and commentary will not be shared. This will avoid any obstruction and prejudice until the proceedings lasted. Such things should also not be shared online.
In addition, Wiltshire Police received the authorization to charge Rodney with three offences of inflicting grievous bodily harm virus to three alleged victims.
Different reactions are also expressed by HIV, AIDS, and sexual health charities. However, with the firm standing in law about transferring the grievous bodily harm virus to people, it is going to be in legal procedure.
Terence Higgins Trust clarified when will be the situation be claimed as a crime. A victim can charge offences to a person with HIV if that person knows about his/her disease. Despite the awareness, if that person still chose to have sex with someone without any safety precautions and the disease is transferred, then the victim can charge offences to the person with HIV.
Different countries have also established the law of protecting citizens from the impulsive transferring of HIV. In Scotland, people can be prosecuted after placing a person at the risk of getting the virus, even if the virus was not transferred at all.
Aside from Rodney’s trial, the first trial about the same incident in the UK was held last year. Daryll Rowe was found guilty of recklessly transmitting HIV to 10 gay men.