HIV carrier guilty of infecting lovers

A HIV carrier has been found guilty of causing "biological" grievous bodily harm after he infected two of his lovers with the virus.

Mohammed Dica, 38, of Fleming Road, Mitcham, Surrey, conned the first victim into having unprotected sex by claiming he had had a vasectomy. He then wooed a mother-of-two with declarations of love.

Dica's conviction is the first successful prosecution in England and Wales for sexually transmitting a disease for 137 years.

The father of three did not give evidence, but when interviewed told police both women had known of his condition before going to bed with him.

The six-man, six-woman jury convicted him of two charges of causing "biological" grievous bodily harm at Inner London Crown Court in central London.

Judge Nicholas Philpot refused a defence application for bail.

"If I had to sentence him today there is no doubt he would be going to prison and for a long time," he said.

He also rejected a defence request for a psychiatric report. But he promised that if the pre-sentence report threw up any concerns then he would further adjourn sentencing for one to be prepared.

Dica's second victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, broke down as she told how he had ruined her life. "I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said the tearful mother-of-two. "He destroyed my life.

"If only I could turn the clock back I would. If he had been honest from the beginning I'd never have had an affair with him. I'd have run a mile. He played with my life and he's destroyed it."

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