Although we don’t have the death penalty here in Canada, its stories like this why I am in support of it for premeditated murder.
Here in Ontario Canada, Johnson Aziga was found guilty of 2 counts of first degree murder by a jury, for causing the deaths of 2 women by knowingly infecting them with HIV. He was also convicted of 10 counts of aggravated sexual assault and 1 count of attempted aggravated sexual assault.
The case centered around the fact that although he was aware that he was HIV positive since 1996 and under public health orders to disclose his status to any potential sexual partners, he had unprotected sex with co-workers and women he met in bars and nightclubs, while not informing them of his HIV status. The results: 7 women became infected, 2 died of AIDS-related illnesses, while 4 were exposed but tested negative.
His defence team argued that Aziga was depressed and ill and did not have the state of mind to deliberately endanger the lives of his sexual partners. HUH!? Anywayzzz, he’s to be sentenced May 7th. You can read more on the story here.
A number of various thoughts came to my mind when I first heard this story. First, what sort of person would purposely impose a (probable) death sentence on another human being… a physical, emotional and spiritual death sentence… by knowing infecting another with a virus!? I am aware that within recorded history this has been done before, and in all cases I can only conclude that the answer is found within Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
My second thought was that this was a deliberate attack against women by this man. Regardless of his sentence, even if it was the death penalty, all of these women… the 2 who died, those currently infected and even those who tested negative… will never truly receive justice!
The most important issue to be seriously considered is that although the time period for his deadly deeds were between 1996 and 2003, one should be even more cognizant today of the consequences of having unprotected sexual intercourse, especially within a casual relationship. Get tested and insist that your partner get tested. It’s a matter of a joyous life or an agonizing death.