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Lancashire man pleads guilty to infecting two women with HIV

A Lancashire man has pleaded guilty to infecting two women with HIV.

Aaron Sutcliffe, 29, of Fleetwood, admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm by having sex with one of his victims on a date between January and May 2016. He had been due to go on trial at Preston crown court over the matter.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the same offence involving another woman between January 2009 and September 2010.

His barrister, Julie Taylor, told the court that Sutcliffe was the complainant in a separate, ongoing police investigation into claims he was infected by a man.

The hearing was adjourned for pre-sentence and psychiatric reports. Sentencing was provisionally scheduled for 2 November.

Sutcliffe was granted bail on the conditions of non-contact with the complainants and residence at a registered address.

In June, Blackpool magistrates granted Lancashire police an application for a sexual risk prevention order against Sutcliffe, which requires him to get permission from them to have sex with any new partner.

The two-year order means he must provide contact details of partners to the force’s public protection unit and then wait for written approval before he engages in sex.

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