HIV-positive man sentenced to 11 years in jail
Bongani Nyo sentenced for failing to disclose his health status to his sexual partners
An HIV positive man from New Westminster, B.C., has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for failing to tell his sexual partners of his health status.
Bongani Nyoni was charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault in 2010. A B.C. Supreme Court jury convicted him on all three counts in February, 2014.
Two of the women tested positive for HIV following the incidents, which date back to May, 2006. Crown counsel argued that the women couldn't have given their consent, because they didn't know he was HIV positive.
Sgt. Diana McDaniel with the New Westminster Police Department said they first heard of the allegations in 2009.
"Our major crime unit became aware by way of anonymous tip of allegations that Nyoni was having sexual contact with several woman," said McDaniel.
A year after police learned of the allegations, they issued a Canada-wide search warrant for Nyoni, who was 38 at the time. They feared he was headed to Eastern Canada and would continue to have sex with women without telling them about his condition.