A Sydney man serving jail time for knowingly infecting his girlfriend with HIV is accused of giving the life-threatening virus to another woman he had sex with.
Zimbabwean-born Christopher Muronzi, 44, was sentenced to a minimum three years behind bars after he had unprotected sex five times with his partner in 2002.
He never told her he was HIV positive, despite being diagnosed eight years before and knowing that he was legally required to disclose the diagnosis to all future sexual partners.
On Wednesday, Waverley Local Court heard that Muronzi had also knowingly infected another former partner between December 2003 and June 2005.
The former financial controller from Neutral Bay did not appear before the court but he was formally refused bail.
He is charged with maliciously inflicting grevious bodily harm on a person and is next due to appear before Central Local Court in August.
When he was sentenced for the same crime last year, Judge Penelope Hock said the emotional impact on his victim was “an aggravating factor”.
The victim had unknowingly passed the virus onto another man.
She told a court during Muronzi’s sentencing hearing that she hoped her case would encourage people to take better care of their wellbeing.
Her message for those who contract the disease was: “Act soon for yourself. Support yourself first because you’re number one in this. Care for yourself.”
Judge Hock noted that the 44-year-old had shown some contrition and remorse for his actions and found that he had “good prospects of rehabilitation”.
Muronzi was sentenced to a maximum of four-and-a-half years’ jail with a non-parole period of three years.
He will be eligible for release on September 28, 2016.
HIV is an infection that gradually destroys the immune system.
When a person’s immune system is severely damaged by the virus, they develop AIDS – acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
There are about 20,000 people living with HIV in Australia and 33.3 million globally, according to the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.