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Jail for man who recklessly transmitted HIV


A man from Nottingham has today (August 15) been sentenced to seven years in prison for recklessly transmitting HIV infection to two sexual partners.

Antonio Reyes-Minana was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to two victims. He tested positive for HIV in 2010 and went on to have unprotected sex with two partners without telling them he had the virus, realising there was a risk that this would pass on the infection. In the case of one victim, he explicitly lied about his HIV status.

He pursued sexual relationships with both victims, one of whom he met via mutual friends and another he met online. One victim discovered they had contracted the virus in 2012, the other in 2013.

Reyes-Minana was convicted by jury at Nottingham Crown Court and was today sentenced to a total of seven years in prison - three and a half years for each victim, with the sentences to run consecutively.

James Allen, from the CPS, said: "Antonio Reyes-Minana withheld his HIV status from one partner and lied to the other. He lied about the nature of his relationships with the victims and tried to blame a third party for infecting them, insinuating that their allegations were part of a plot against him. However, scientific evidence supported the prosecution case that it was Reyes-Minana had transmitted the virus to the victims.

"The victims gave important evidence during the trial to demonstrate how Reyes-Minana must have known he was taking the risk of transmitting HIV. The CPS supported both victims by securing special measures in court, allowing them to give their evidence without the additional pressure of being publicly identified.

"The consequences of Reyes-Minana's actions will remain with his victims for the rest of their lives. This sentence reflects the seriousness of his offending."


Notes to Editors

  1. James Allen is head of the CPS East Midlands Complex Casework Unit and rape and serious sexual offences team.
  2. Find out more about how the CPS deals with cases of intentional or reckless HIV transmission here.
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