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Wednesday 16 July 2008

Canada: African migrant guilty of HIV exposure in Winnipeg

Winnipeg resident, Clato Mabior (whose case was previously reported here) has been found guilty of criminal HIV exposure.

He remains in custody until sentencing, but may be deported to his birthplace, the Sudan.

Story from the Winnipeg Free Press below.

Winnipeg court convicts HIV-positive immigrant in sex-assault case
Mike McIntyre
Winnipeg Free Press
Tuesday, July 15, 2008

WINNIPEG - A Sudanese immigrant was convicted Tuesday of putting the lives of six young Winnipeg women at risk by hiding the fact he was HIV-positive and then engaging in unprotected sex.

Clato Mabior, 31, now faces likely deportation after what's believed to be the country's largest case of its kind.

Queen's Bench Justice Joan McKelvey said Mabior's conduct was "deplorable and despicable . . . and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"Those that are infected with HIV cannot inappropriately and indiscriminately engage in sexual relationships for their own pleasure without regard to the consequences to others."

No date for sentencing has been set. Mabior remains in custody.

Mabior was convicted on six of nine sexual-assault allegations, plus additional charges of invitation to sexual touching and sexual interference.

He was cleared on charges involving three additional women after McKelvey said their evidence left her with a reasonable doubt.

One of Mabior's victims was a 15-year-old girl who repeatedly broke down in tears as she described being raped by Mabior after he lured her with the promise of drugs and alcohol from a temporary Child and Family Services "shelter" inside a downtown Winnipeg hotel.

She was only 12 years old at the time.

"The accused preyed upon these vulnerable women, many of whom were underage and came from significantly compromised circumstances. Further, these women were supplied with alcohol and/or drugs, and lured into a sexual relationship by a sexual predator," said McKelvey.

Mabior was arrested in early 2006 after an unprecedented public warning by police and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority that prompted several young women to come forward - many of them teenage runaways.

Police in Brandon, Man., Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and London, Ont., were also notified about Mabior, since he lived in each city after immigrating to Canada from Sudan in 2000.



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