STORY OF INTEREST: Suspended sentence for German HIV singer Nadja Benaissa

Benaissa is a German pop singer from the group "No Angels"

BBC,(Aug. 26, 2010): An HIV-positive German popstar accused of infecting a former partner with the virus has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Nadja Benaissa, 28, was found guilty on one count of causing grievous bodily harm and two of attempted bodily harm.

The No Angels singer had admitted having unprotected sex and keeping her HIV status secret, but denied deliberately infecting anyone.

At the trial, she said she was “sorry from the bottom of my heart”.

“I wish I could turn back the clock and make it all not happen,” she told the court in the western town of Darmstadt.

As well as the two-year suspended sentence, Benaissa will be required to perform 300 hours of community service and attend regular counselling sessions.

‘Cowardly’

Benaissa had sex with three people without telling them she was infected with HIV. One of them, a 34-year-old talent agent who was a plaintiff in the case, was confirmed as having contracted the virus.

Medical experts testified at the trial that they were in all probability infected with the same strain, as it was relatively rare in Germany.

She said she had not told anybody about her disease because she was afraid of the consequences for her career, which she conceded was a “cowardly act”.

But she claimed she had been told by doctors that the risk of passing on the virus was “practically zero”.

The BBC’s Tristana Moore in Darmstadt says the singer looked nervous as the verdict was read out on Thursday, but she was clearly relieved that she was given a suspended sentence.

Presiding judge Dennis Wacker told the packed courtroom that she was guilty of grievous bodily harm because she had carelessly infected a former partner with HIV without telling him about her condition.

But the judge said Benaissa deserved a lenient sentence because she had confessed to her irresponsible behaviour, expressed remorse and “learned to be responsible and deal with her illness”.

Our correspondent says he described her troubled past – how she was a drug addict at the age of 14, became pregnant at 16, and then discovered she was HIV-positive at 17 during a routine blood test during her pregnancy.

Benaissa at one of her court hearings.

At this point during the summing up, the singer broke down in tears, our correspondent adds. A court official gave her some tissues and she continued crying.

After the hearing, her lawyer said he was very satisfied with the verdict.

“We had a very fair and speedy trial. The aim of the defence and my client was to have a verdict which led to probation and this was the result,” Oliver Wallasch told the BBC.

“Today will be a turning point in her life, as she now knows that she will not be imprisoned. Her reaction was emotional because it was the end.”

A German Aids-awareness group criticised the verdict, saying Benaissa’s partners also carried a share of the responsibility for becoming infected.

“If the responsibility for prevention is put entirely upon women and HIV-positive people, we are not recognising the combined responsibility of two people,” Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe spokeswoman Marianne Rademacher said.

Benaissa was arrested at a nightclub in Frankfurt in April last year, just before she was due to perform a concert, and spent 10 days in custody.

No Angels were formed in 2000 on the international TV show Popstars, before recording a series of hits and emerging as Germany’s most successful girl band.

They re-formed in 2007 and competed in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 23rd.

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25 Comments

  1. spookie
    August 27, 2010

    men and women have to always protect themselves, use condoms pple, this chick is so beautiful from the outside by infected in the inside…. looks and money does not get by these days,
    protection does….(SAFE SEX)

  2. quan
    August 27, 2010

    Men like to see pretty especially sexy woman.
    they put them on top and a fat not so pretty woman below.

    All those that catch the AIDS because they multiple partners,that is their problem. If that woman were to come D.A ,nuf man would get the AIDS!they would naver expect such nice looking chick to have AIDS but that is the reality. Do’t just settle for a woman because she sexy and pretty.

    That is the first thing that should tell you,This woman may be a victim.

  3. JOE
    August 27, 2010

    thats what a condom was made for she didnt have to tell u nothing u should have used a condom in the first place since she is not yr dam wife. Safe sex thats all and no one would have been infected

  4. JUST GIVING MY 2 CENTS
    August 27, 2010

    sOME MEN ARE SO SHALLOW – all they are commenting on is the person’s outter beauty. I guess these are the one’s who’ll be taken in.

    NOTE TO YOU GUYS: AIDS has no face, no colour, no race. So when you thinking “shit” then you’ll be caught knee deep in it!!!!!!!!!

  5. Irie
    August 27, 2010

    Pretty face and bad character….so in this day and age them fellas dunno to ‘package their meat’? I always remember de old family planning advertisment…..’I would say to my husband you can’t tell who has AIDS……knowing about AIDS is not enough, you must act on what you know!’ You have to be responsible for your own health you can trust a person with it! When you don’t take your own protection into your hands you are recklessly endangering yourself, they should fine mister for stupidity.

  6. POPE
    August 27, 2010

    Well you see, those things there will not happen to me because my revolver does not use scatter shots! When you see a nice girl and a nice Guy out there, treat them as a patient.

  7. gayandproud
    August 26, 2010

    After all you will say is a gay disease and my gay that spreading it. All you brother and husband that getting it and spreading it. Listen, learn and save lives or perish like fools..

  8. RESPOSIBILITY
    August 26, 2010

    You can’t tell who has HIV/AIDS, let us PROTECT ourselfs at all times. So many young people are HIV and we still are not acting responsible. Remember you can’t tell who has it.

  9. Whey
    August 26, 2010

    @Hm…: That was was s stupid senseless comment ! That is the persons business. If they infect someone that is when they have violated … dumbass !

  10. Losz
    August 26, 2010

    a nice girl again wi

  11. gregadd
    August 26, 2010

    Wow boy look a nice chi…. wait, AWA MAN!!

  12. valda Bruno-Durand
    August 26, 2010

    IS A THING I ALWAYS SAYING DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PROTECTION UP TO ANY BODY ELSE BUT YOURSELF BECAUSE EVERYBODY LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR OWN SELF. YOU HAVE YOUR VAGINA IS YOURS YOU HAVE YOUR PENIS IS YOURS, YOU DO NOT EXPECT THE PERSON IN THE BANK NEXT TO YOU TO PROTECT YOUR MONEY WHY THE HELL YOU WANT TO DEPEND ON SOMEBODY ELSE TO PROTECT YOUR MOST PRIZED POSESSION COME ON PEOPLE HAVE THE DISCUSSION GO WITH YOUR PARTNER GET AN HIV TEST DO THE OTHER STI TESTS ITS YOUR SEXUAL LIFE TAKE CONTROL OF IT.

  13. sadden
    August 26, 2010

    she should tell him for true but he could use protection .when it comes to sex i dont know you ,you dont know me ,wear a cap when you go out in the rain

  14. Reader
    August 26, 2010

    LIDE what’s that Anonymous? You again?

  15. Reader
    August 26, 2010

    @well sah!: who you told you are positive well sah? you keeping it a secret too.Those without sin fire the first stone. I see you with all your pills remember when I enter the public bath room with you by “The stone last friday night?”Yes is me that you remember I catch you? So doh come here and pretend. Get those guys tested. You probably have the german strain too.

  16. What jersey?
    August 26, 2010

    @Anonymous: You learn the jingle well on DBS health programme lol! you said that like your ABCs hahahahha I love that! did i hear you say a stich in time………………? wow did you also say before you cross the street look left look right and left again then cross? but you forgot to right again you could get knock down by a ride because you did not look right again. Well then you’ll have to look left again then right again then left again ad infinitum anonymous!

  17. hope
    August 26, 2010

    so sad………so many young lives being cut short. Take the lesson from this because there is one.

  18. only
    August 26, 2010

    What is killing the world in one form of soft kill is the HIV virus which was concocted as a bioweapon for population reduction. You can thank the UN globalist eugenicists for that.
    The other major form of soft kill is cancer which is all around us in the adulterated food, water and air as well as chemicals.
    It is the responsibility of those infected to try to prevent HIV’s spread because it has also turned up in vaccines on purpose and was a means of spreading infection on purpose.

  19. protection
    August 26, 2010

    she should had told him, he should have protected himself too ( thats his responsibility) You dont have to know if someone has AIDS to protect yourself, cause its not something we can read on someone’s face

  20. Anonymous
    August 26, 2010

    @Anonymous: stop being so ignorant! didnt you understand what the AIDS spokeswoman said? The responsibility for the prevention of transmitting the disease should not be placed solely on the shoulders of one partner…… An AIDS-free you depends on YOU!!

  21. well sah!
    August 26, 2010

    You see.. you cant tell wheither someone has HIV or not she looks very good. But that was rather selfish of her to keep it a secret..

  22. well sah!
    August 26, 2010

    You see, you cant tell wheither someone has HIVA or not she looks real good. But that was rather selfish of her to keep it a secret..

  23. lisad
    August 26, 2010

    Not all that glitters is gold. Hiv is everybody’s business. She should have been honest, yes but the partners were equally responsible for their sexual behaviors.

  24. Hm...
    August 26, 2010

    That is why it should made mandatory that people reveal their status. This hush hush attitide toward H.I.V/A.I.D.S is what is killing the world.

  25. Anonymous
    August 26, 2010

    SHE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN LIDE IN PRISON

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