Stuart McDonald, the Adelaide man accused of infecting eight men with HIV in 2005 and 2006 after meeting them via a gay dating site and who has been awaiting trial since his 2007 arrest, has now pleaded not guilty and his trial will begin next month in the South Australian Supreme Court.
According to a brief report from ABC News online, he pleaded not guilty to eight counts of endangering life by having unprotected sex, one count of rape, one count of threatening to kill, and one count of assault.
Another article in the Adeleide Advertiser includes some ridiculously irrelevent 'facts' about Mr McDonald, such as his pubic hair colour, but also mentions that one the complainants originally failed to pick him out of an identity parade.
For more background on this case see this article by Sally Cameron on aidsmap.com, and click here for a page refresh with all of my blog postings on the Stuart McDonald case.
Today, the alleged victim said he took part in a police identification line-up after he learned he had been infected.
The court has heard McDonald was in that line-up and given the number six.
The alleged victim said he picked the fifth man in the line-up.
"That was when I saw number six smirk," he said.
"I looked closer, analysing his face, his eyebrow shape, his gaunt cheeks and his olive skin and realised I'd picked the wrong man."