September 23, 2019

HIV killer apologises to victims

Johnson Aziga - ok he looks sorry, but that doesn't help his victims much.

Johnson Aziga, the first person ever convicted in Canada of murder by intentionally exposing more than a dozen sexual partners to HIV has apologised to his victims.

Aziga who has not spoken publicly since his arrest in 2003, said “I am so sorry for what happened and I wish I had had the wisdom and wherewithal to advise my partners of my HIV infection.”

Aziga 54, was found guilty in 2009 of two counts of first-degree murder, 10 counts of aggravated assault and one count of attempted aggravated assault for having unprotected sex with women without disclosing, and at times, lying about his positive HIV-status.

He is appearing at a dangerous offender hearing. If classified as a dagerous offender he may have an indeterminate sentence imposed. Currently in Canada there are 400 designated dangerous offenders.

Two of his partners died of AIDS-related cancers and another five have contracted HIV. Four of them won the jackpot and tested negative.

Aziga, said he has learned from his past mistakes and will willingly tell any future sex partners about his virus if he is ever released from prison. Well that is jolly decent of him, but the horse has well and truly bolted.

“I bring a wealth of experience to others of what can happen to a person who does not disclose,” he told the courtroom in Hamilton. “I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that would be beneficial to the public. It is also part of healing and repaying my debt to society,” Aziga said.

At the time of his arrest, Aziga was a senior research analyst with the Ministry of the Ontario Attorney General.

The former Ugandan refugee had been diagnosed with HIV in 1996. He said that his marriage fell apart, he sunk into a deep depression and he started drinking heavily. He couldn’t deal with the stigma associated with the virus.

“I could not tell anyone about my infection because at that time in the 1990s, HIV positive individuals were treated like lepers of the old,” he said.

Sorry Johnson but it must have been blindingly obvious to an educated man like yourself that a sexual partner might have been mildly interested in the fact you were HIV positive.

It seems like you are only saying sorry now that there is the chance you might be locked up for good. Too little too late mate.