Groningen HIV injection retrial returns lower sentences

The two men jailed for infecting others with HIV at sex parties were sentenced to eight and five years in jail at their retrial on Thursday.

The two men were jailed on appeal in 2010 for deliberately infecting a number of other men with the virus. The 54-year-old Peter M was sentenced to 12 years in prison. That has now been reduced to eight years. Hans J, who is 39, was sentenced to nine years but now faces a lower tariff of five years.
In sending the men for retrial earlier this year, the supreme court said there was reasonable doubt the victims in the case may have developed HIV through unprotected sex rather than by being injected with HIV-infected blood.
M remains in jail, but J was released at the beginning of this year after spending almost five years in jail.

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