A hotel worker has been charged with infecting his lover with HIV on purpose. Brian Banda, 40, is alleged to have committed grievous bodily harm by having unprotected sex with his partner for more than three years. He was first arrested in October 2013 and charged last month, reportsThe Birmingham Mail.
Banda, who works for the Marriott Hotel chain, will appear at Coventry Magistrates' Court on July 27 for a plea hearing. It is understood the case centres around allegations that the front desk supervisor deliberately infected his lover, who was in her 20s, with HIV.
Banda is charged with causing grievous bodily harm without intent after allegedly having unprotected sex without disclosing he was HIV positive. It is understood that the couple, who had lived together in Coventry, have split up.
Banda is now living in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. According to his Linkedin page, he has been a front office supervisor with the luxury Marriott hotel chain since May 2013.
Banda is understood to have moved to the UK years ago from his native Zimbabwe, where it is believed he contracted HIV. He first appeared at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on June 29.
The hearing was adjourned to allow Banda to seek legal representation. If convicted, the maximum sentence for causing grievous bodily harm, contrary to Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, is five years imprisonment.
West Midlands Police said in a statement: “The charge relates to an allegation he had unprotected sex with a woman in her 20s between December 2009 and January 2013 at an address in Coventry, without disclosing he was HIV positive."