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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Man who gave girlfriend HIV jailed by Carlisle court

A Cumbrian man has been sent to prison for giving his girlfriend HIV by having unprotected sex with her.

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Alan Richard Mason

Alan Mason, 45, began a relationship with the woman after meeting her in a pub.

But even though he had been diagnosed as HIV positive about five years before he did not bother to warn her.

She became ill while on holiday a few months later and a blood test confirmed that she was suffering from the same strain of HIV as Mason.

At Carlisle Crown Court, Mason, who comes from Endmoor but has recently been living in a hostel for the homeless, pleaded guilty to causing her grievous bodily harm.

He was sent to prison for two years and eight months.

Passing sentence, Judge Paul Batty QC told him: “I am of the view that you deliberately targeted this hapless, vulnerable victim.”

Prosecuting counsel Alex Leach said Mason – the divorced father of two children - had been diagnosed as HIV positive in 2008.

But in March 2011 he met the woman in a Kendal pub and soon began a sexual relationship with her.

When, seven months later, she became ill her GP suggested she should be tested for a sexual transmitted infection.

But when she told Mason he broke down and broke the news to her that he was HIV positive, Mr Leach said.

A blood test later confirmed that she too was now HIV positive, he said.

The woman went into “total shock” and though she was going to die because of the “alarming” amount of weight she lost, he said.

In a statement, pasrt of which was read in court, the woman said: “He has destroyed my life and the fact of what he did to me will live with me for the rest of my life.”

Mason’s barrister Fraser Livesey said Mason had lost everything – his home and his job – after he became HIV positive following the end of his marriage.

When it became known, he lost his home and his job and people who had been his friends shunned him.

After the hearing, Detective Constable Damian West said: “This is a unique case for Cumbria Constabulary and the sentencing imposed highlights the disregard Mason had for his actions.

“Even though the victim has to live with this virus, modern medication means there should be no impact on life expectancy.

"However, the virus has a significant day to day impact on those who have to live with it."

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