Long jail sentence for HIV `predator`

A sexual predator has been put behind bars after landmark convictions for "coldly and callously" infecting two lovers with HIV.

Mohammed Dica, the first person in 137 years to be successfully prosecuted in England and Wales for transmitting a sexual disease, now faces the prospect of dying in prison.

But one of his victims, who can only be identified as "Deborah", sobbed as she said afterwards: "My sentence has only just begun."

Doctors have told the mother of two and a divorcee 38-year-old Dica also infected they could be dead in a decade.

The Inner London Crown Court jury's unanimous guilty verdicts on two counts of "biological" grievous bodily harm were greeted with tears, applause and shouts of "Yes".

The defendant's only reaction was to blink his eyes several times. He then stared straight ahead as Judge Nicholas Philpot, who could jail him for up to 10 years, warned he faced a "long" sentence.

The father of three from Mitcham, Surrey, was remanded in custody until November 3 for pre-sentence reports.

Minutes later Deborah stood outside court with tears streaming down her face, repeatedly telling departing jurors: "Thank you very much."

Police said after the trial they were convinced Dica had infected other women and hoped they would now come forward.

Meanwhile, an announcement by one of Dica's lawyers that they planned to appeal, was welcomed by a legal source close to the case who said he would like to see it end up before the House of Lords.

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