HAMILTON—A man believed to be the first person in Canada convicted of murder through HIV transmission has been declared a dangerous offender.
The designation means Johnson Aziga could be jailed indefinitely.
The Ugandan immigrant and father of three was convicted in 2009 of two counts of first-degree murder, 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault.
His convictions are related to 11 women with whom he had unprotected sex without telling them he had HIV. Seven of the women became infected, with two dying of AIDS-related cancers.
The Crown argued Aziga should be labelled a dangerous offender because his abnormally high libido could lead him to reoffend.
Aziga’s lawyer said his client has learned a lot about HIV and AIDS after eight years in jail, has changed his ways and is no longer a threat to the public.
Aziga has admitted he had unprotected sex with 11 women without disclosing his illness, but maintains he can’t know for sure that he was the one who infected them.