A Winnipeg woman with HIV convicted of aggravated sexual assault is trying to avoid prison time
Marjorie Schenkels, 27, was convicted by a jury in December 2014 after she hid her HIV diagnosis from her boyfriend in 2012.
He later became infected, but Schenkels’ lawyer argued the man could have been exposed to the virus a different way.
Prosecutors are seeking a five year prison sentence, while Schenkels is asking for a suspended sentence to be served in the community.
During her sentencing hearing on Thursday, Schenkels’ doctor was called to the stand as the defence made an effort to prove his client was a very low risk to re-offend. The doctor testified that Schenkels is healthy and compliant with her treatment. HIV has also been virtually undetectable in Schenkels for the past three years, according to the doctor.
Schenkels sat with her new fiancé, family members and friends during the testimony
The judge will have to consider Schenkels’ risk to re-offend when coming to a decision, which is not expected until a later date.