Fitness instructor who infected two unknowing women with HIV jailed
A personal fitness trainer who infected two unsuspecting women with HIV has been jailed for five years.
Simon James (46) did not inform his victims that he was HIV-positive before having sex with them on a number of occasions.
He later admitted he had the virus but insisted the medication he was taking eradicated any risk of the women contracting it.
Bristol Crown Court heard James refused to wear condoms as he claimed he was allergic to them, they were uncomfortable and did not fit him.
James was not taking medication or attending hospital appointments during the time he had unprotected sex with the women, between 2007 and 2013.
He denied two counts of grievous bodily harm by recklessly transmitting HIV but was convicted by a jury following a five-day trial in October.
His conviction is the first of its kind for Avon and Somerset Police and only the third time a jury have reached a guilty verdict for this offence in UK legal history.
Mr Recorder Michael Parroy QC described James' actions as "perfectly deliberate" as he jailed him for five years.
"With what I see as your perfectly deliberate selfishness you have blighted the lives of these two young women," he told James.
"You told the court during the course of your evidence that you found wearing condoms uncomfortable and you were allergic to them and so on.
"I have no doubt that you wanted to go on having sex with them. You wanted to go on for your own reasons having unprotected sex.
"The result for each of them has been quite disastrous.
- Press Association