Man jailed after he knowingly infected girlfriend with HIV
A man has been jailed after he knowingly infected his girlfriend with HIV. Jermaine Scott was diagnosed with the disease in 2005 and took medication to minimise the risk of passing it on to others.
Scott, who is from Jamaica, was previously in a relationship with the victim and the pair got back together in the summer of 2009. However, Chester Crown Court heard how during this time Scott was not taking his tablets meaning there was a higher risk of transmission.
The 39-year-old also failed to inform the victim of his diagnosis and went on to have unprotected sex with her. The victim became suspicious of his behaviour, and in October 2009 the pair attended a sexual health clinic, StokeonTrentLive reports.
While at the clinic Scott provided a false name and false medical details to the health worker. The victim subsequently tested positive for HIV and the pair ended their relationship.
Following their split, Scott left the Cheshire area. The incident was reported to Cheshire Police in October 2009 and an investigation was launched to find Scott. Following a public appeal, he was located and arrested in February 2011.
Scott refused to answer any questions put to him and despite a detailed investigation officers were unable to gather sufficient evidence to charge him in relation to the incident and the case was closed. He was subsequently deported from the UK in November 2011 after it was found that he was in the UK illegally.
Shortly after his deportation, the victim asked for the case to be reopened and detectives subsequently sought help from a number of medical experts who revealed that it was highly likely that the victim had been infected with HIV in the three months prior to her diagnosis, while she was in a relationship with Scott.
They also identified a number of genetic links between the strain of HIV that the victim had been diagnosed with and that of the offender. In 2019 the additional evidence was presented to the CPS who agreed to charge Scott with grievous bodily harm (section 20 assault) in February 2020.
An extradition warrant was issued, and he was returned to the UK in November 2022 to be charged in connection with the incident. Scott went on to plead guilty to GBH and has now been jailed for three years.
Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Emma Myers, who the led the investigation for Cheshire Police, said: “It has taken more than 12 years to reach this point, and having supported the victim throughout the investigation I have seen first-hand the pain and suffering that she has endured, both physically and psychologically.
“She will now live the rest of her life forever marred by the actions of Scott. There is no cure and she will now have to take medication for the rest of her life. Scott’s actions have also affected her relationships with others and she no longer trusts men.
“While no sentence will ever be enough, I do hope that the fact that Scott is now behind bars and has been held accountable will provide her with some closure.”
- ^ Chester Crown Court (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
- ^ StokeonTrentLive reports. (www.stokesentinel.co.uk)