A man who recklessly gave HIV to a woman has been jailed – nearly 14 years after he was reported to police. Jermaine Scott, 39, was sentenced to three years in a hearing at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm, a charge used in STI transmission cases. Scott, from Jamaica, was diagnosed with HIV in 2005 and had been prescribed medication that if taken would have limited the risk of transmission to others.
He and the victim had previously been in a relationship, which they rekindled in the summer of 2009. At this time, Scott was not taking his tablets regularly. He did not tell the victim about his diagnosis and went on to have unprotected sex with her.
She became suspicious of his behaviour, and in October 2009, the pair attended a sexual health clinic. While at the clinic Scott provided a false name and false medical details to the health worker.