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Man in court for infecting woman with HIV/AIDS

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has applied to have the status of a man charged with knowingly infecting a woman with HIV/AIDS be determined to enable appropriate charges to be preferred.

State prosecutor James Gachoka stressed the importance of extracting samples from the suspect.

Mr Gachoka made his submission before Milimani Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi.

He said: “I urge this court to order specimen be extracted from the man (name withheld) for examination at a government laboratory before a proper charge can be preferred.”

“The charge against the accused is that of deliberate transmission of HIV contrary to Section 26 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act No.3 of 2006 whose maximum penalty is life imprisonment upon conviction.”

Gachoka said police are yet to ascertain the HIV/AIDS status of the accused person.

The prosecutor said a report of the accused status must be established before a trial date can be allocated.

Mr Ochoi was told that the offence against the suspect was a serious one since he was accused of infecting the victim with a terminal disease.

Mr Gachoka said once the status of the accused person is known “then chances of amending the charge are high”.

Earlier, Mr Gachoka applied to have the case against the accused heard on camera to protect the integrity and image of the victim who is also an adult.

He furnished the magistrate with an affidavit sworn by the Investigating Officer, one Ms Eunice Njagi, who indicated the victims’ rights must be taken into account.

Ms Njagi, a crime detective attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), serious crimes unit, disclosed to the court in an affidavit, that the complainant has confirmed she has been infected with HIV/AIDS.

The victim’s lawyer and defence lawyer concurred with the state’s position that the reputation and integrity of the complainant (woman) must be protected.

Mr Ochoi allowed the plea to have the matter to be heard in camera “to protect the victim.”

The magistrate ordered the accused person to be remanded at Industrial Area Prison until February 26, 2024, when he will decide whether the samples/specimen will be extracted or not.

The accused was charged that on diverse dates between October 5 2022 and June 30, 2023, having actual knowledge that he was infected with HIV disease, he intentionally, knowingly, and willfully had unprotected sex with a woman, knowing the act was likely to infect her with HIV.

The suspect has denied the charges.

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