Man pleads guilty to infecting his lover with HIV

A man accused of knowingly infecting his ex with HIV in Sydney has pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

Police caught him trying to board a plane out of Sydney in January 2016 nearly four years after they started hunting him.

Martin Jaksic, 30, entered his guilty plea at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court on Wednesday.

He has since been undergoing medical treatment in Melbourne.

Jaksic has now been on bail for years and was 24 at the time of the crime. His escape from justice for such a long period warrants a custodial sentence, crown prosecutor Paul Lynch said.

Jaksic’s previous lawyer Hugo Aston claimed the Sydney-based victim was ‘well aware’ that he had HIV when they had a sexual relationship between September 2011 and June 2012.

Jaksic had previously pleaded not guilty to the offence. Meanwhile, the court was told he was convicted for an unrelated assault 12 years ago.

He will be sentenced on September 14.

 

 

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