Stoke & Staffordshire

Cannock man jailed for giving partner HIV

Nkosinati Mabanda
Image caption Nkosinati Mabanda had sex with nine women - seven have not been traced

A Staffordshire man who had unprotected sex with his partner knowing he had HIV has been jailed for four years.

Nkosinati Mabanda, 44, from Cannock, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm by infecting the woman with HIV.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Mabanda, originally from Zimbabwe, had sex with at least eight other women.

Detectives said they were unable to trace all of them. His former partner, who lives in the Walsall area, said she had been given a life sentence.

'Anger and relief'

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, went to the police after discovering that Mabanda, whose last address was given as Horseshoe Drive, in Heath Hayes, had had unprotected sex even though he knew he was HIV positive.

She said she felt a combination of anger and relief at the sentence.

"Anger at what he has done to me and potentially other women, and relief because he has been punished for his actions.

"I think he should have been given life because that's the life sentence he has given to me.

"What he did has had a devastating impact and will affect me every day for the rest of my life, but now I want to move on."

The court heard Mabanda told police he had had sex with at least nine women - seven of whom were unaware of his condition.

'Blase attitude'

As well as being jailed, he was also given an anti-social behaviour order preventing him from engaging in sex without revealing his HIV status.

The Home Office will be asked by the judge to consider deporting Mabanda.

After sentencing, West Midlands Police said it had been a complex and long investigation.

Supt Jean Thomas-West said: "The particularly disturbing element of this case is Mabanda's blase attitude towards his victim and his various other partners.

"Mabanda told officers he had had sex with nine women in the UK and that seven of them had not known he was HIV positive.

"Unfortunately, these women were impossible to trace."

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