January 28, 2020

Man pleads guilty over HIV infection

A man accused of infecting his gay ex-lover with HIV in Sydney six years ago has pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

Martin Jaksic, 30, has been undergoing medical treatment in Melbourne and entered his guilty plea during a brief appearance at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court on Wednesday.

Martin Jaksic

Martin Jaksic has admitted infecting his ex-lover with HIV in Sydney six years ago

In January 2016, nearly four years after Surry Hills police began looking for Jaksic, Australian Federal Police officers arrested him at Sydney Airport as he was trying to board a flight out of the city.

He has now been on bail for years and was 24 at the time of the crime, which warrants a custodial sentence, crown prosecutor Paul Lynch said.

Jaksic's previous lawyer Hugo Aston has said the then 29-year-old Sydney-based victim was "well aware" of his client's condition when they had a sexual relationship between September 2011 and June 2012.

Jaksic, who the court heard was convicted for an unrelated assault 12 years ago, had previously pleaded not guilty to the offence.

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