A Zambian man has been jailed seven years in the UK for infecting two women with HIV. Mweetwa Muleya, 28 who lived in Swansea, is said to have failed to tell the two women about his HIV status before having sex with them. The Swansea Crown Court heard the women were “devastated” to find out they had caught the life-changing illness after going for blood tests.
Judge Huw Davies QC said: “You deceived, quite deliberately, one person after another in ways that damaged their lives with lasting consequences. The harm to these victims was of the worst kind.” One of the victims, only known as Miss B, said Muleya had destroyed her life. Muleya was diagnosed with HIV at 15 – but his mum didn’t tell him until he was nearly 19. Muleya, who came to the UK from Zambia in his teens, was given anti-retroviral medication to control the virus and advice on how to stop its spread.
He was told it would be a crime to have unprotected sex with someone and not disclose his positive status. But the court heard Muleya fell into a lifestyle of drinking and drugs and lapsed when it came to sexual health check-ups. Muleya said he had taken to drinking and drug abuse because he was in denial about his condition.
When arrested, Muleya said he had used protection with both women. Muleya, who, however, pleaded guilty to the charges in May this year, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday and handed an extra six months for unrelated drug offences.
Published: 14 Jun,2015. By The Post
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