Rapist ‘distressed’ by learning victim has HIV asks for lighter sentence

A rapist was left “distressed and upset” when he found out the man he had targeted had HIV.

The sexual encounter had begun as consensual but Philip Donald Jason, 48, “crossed a line”, which led him to being charged with rape.

The victim asked him to stop, but he did not stop straight away.

After raping him in the attack last June, Jason ran off with his bag, mobile phone and sunglasses.

Later, after being arrested, Jason, was told his victim was HIV positive.

His lawyer Andrew O’Brien told Brisbane District Court on Wednesday: “He was first made aware of that after he was arrested … and he was obviously distressed and upset.”

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