Ontario man found guilty in HIV murder trial

Last Updated: Saturday, April 4, 2009 | 8:07 PM ET

CBC News

An HIV-positive Ontario man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of two of his sex partners in what was considered a precedent-setting trial in Canada.

The jury also convicted Johnson Aziga, 52, on 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of attempted aggravated sexual assault.

Aziga, of Hamilton, had been accused of endangering the lives of 11 women by recklessly exposing them to the virus that causes AIDS.

Seven women became infected with HIV, two have since died of AIDS-related cancer, and four tested negative.

The first-degree murder charges made this case the first of its kind in Canada.

In his instruction to jurors, Justice Thomas Lofchik said they need not find that Aziga planned and deliberately killed the two Toronto women for him to be found guilty of first-degree murder.

The deaths of S.B., 51, and H.C., 49, would automatically be first-degree murders if the jury found they were committed as the result of an aggravated sexual assault, Lofchik said.

During the six-month trial, the Crown described Aziga, a former employee of the Ministry of the Attorney General, as a callous and arrogant person who lied about his HIV status.

Prosecutors alleged that Aziga failed to tell his partners of his HIV-positive status, even though he had been aware of it since 1996 and was under public-health orders to do so.

The defence argued Aziga was depressed and ill and did not have the state of mind to deliberately endanger the lives of his sexual partners.

With files from the Canadian Press



Posted 2009/04/05

at 12:52 pm

The evidence against Aziga was damming and revolting.
He had sex with some 20 women, and infected at least 7 women with HIV. Some of the evidence was "death bed confessions", rather emotional evidence that cannot be cross examined.
Fact is in some of these cases, he wore a condom, apparently because his victims insisted.

If Mr. Aziga is to be found guilty, then there should be a host of criminal charges laid against Ontario Family Court Judges like the Dishonourable Allan Sheffield and Denis Power who, equally knowingly, have made draconian corrupt decisions that would cause incredible destruction. These two judges are known as "the worst of the worst of Ottawa Judges Chambers", aka "the worst judge" aka "the worst judge ever".

They make decisions that revolt the legal profession not to mention, any parent who is aware that these two judges think nothing of making flagrantly corrupt decisions to terminate a child's relationship with a father for no other reason than send a message that they are willing to flagrantly abuse their judicial power to intimidate , get revenge, and for a host of other improper reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with law.

Justice Denis Power does indirectly what is illegal directly to "get revenge" and "intimidate" on behalf of the j. Denis Power once did not like another judges decision ordering an emergency trial of custody because the father had previously criticized a Judge Richard Lajoie, formerly of Timmins, now of Ottawa. He had called Lajoie Corrupt and an insult to justice. Lajoie then had the father arrested, held in jail a week pending a bail hearing on a charge of Criminal Defamation, which he heard in his own court and later refused to testify.