Transgender sex worker found guilty of grievous bodily harm for infecting man with HIV

Transgender sex worker found guilty of grievous bodily harm for infecting man with HIV

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Friday, January 19, 2018

A transgender sex worker has been found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm by transmitting HIV to a man.

Clayton James Palmer identifies as a female and calls herself CJ, according to The Daily Mail.

Today (January 19) a judge ruled the 40-year-old would not be granted bail due to the severity of her crime and would be spending time in prison whilst awaiting her sentence.

However, she is to be sent to a men's prison rather than a women’s jail.

The prosecution had said the case involved "a breathtaking disregard for the life and health of another human being over an extended period of time” and bail should not be allowed.

The victim, who had been using Palmer's services unprotected since October 2014, was told he had been infected with HIV in September 2015.

It is alleged that in August 2014 Palmer was tested for STIs at the WA Substance Users Association. It is claimed she was later told by a nurse that she had tested positive for HIV.

The prosecution alleged she then cut off contact with the medical centre, yet still advertised online for her services and told the man she was tested regularly for STDs.

However her defence argued she was unaware of having HIV and therefore was not criminally negligent.

Palmer is to be sentenced on February 16.