A man infected with HIV by his former lover has cried profusely as he tells a Sydney judge about the "disturbing pattern" he experiences daily when dealing with "internal wounds and struggles that will never heal."
Martin Peter Jaksic, 31, pleaded guilty in March to recklessly causing serious bodily harm to his former partner, who read his victim's impact statement aloud at a sentencing hearing in the NSW District Court on Friday. .
"Every day I remember the struggles and the barriers that I have to face, the devastation and the shame that I have to live," said the man, who can not be identified, to the court through tears.
Martin Peter Jaksic (right) pleaded guilty in March to causing serious injuries to his former partner.
"Every day I feel anxious and wait until 8.30 p.m. (when) they remind me to take my anti-HIV medications.
"It slows down the progression of this virus, it does not cure it, every night I wish it was different."
The man counted the years, months and days until the cold afternoon that left him "forever" affected.
Jaksic infected his former partner with HIV, a deadly disease that has affected his life.
"A small and insignificant moment that would change the direction of my life forever, three simple words that would turn my world upside down: I have HIV," he said.
"You can not physically see my injuries, but I endure these wounds and internal struggles that will never heal."
"It's a disturbing pattern and it can not be described."
The victim rejected Jaksic's betrayal, saying that he should have been loved and protected by someone he trusted.
"Rather, I got a cruel and relentless person whose dishonest actions resulted in the transmission of HIV," he said.
"He made no reasonable effort to stop the prevention of a completely preventable disease."
"I never got an apology, I never received any sympathy from him for what he did to me.
Jaskic's former partner spoke extensively about his emotional trauma, shame and struggle in a Sydney courtroom.
"And because of what he put me through, I'll never be able to forgive him."
The victim, who began to cry before the first word of his statement, said that his network of relatives, friends and medical professionals was the only thing that kept him "struggling and surviving" to make sure that "life would be good again" .
He said he could not trust anyone and that his fun-loving nature, his health and his coping skills had been compromised.
"My relationships in the future are contaminated by suspicion and discrimination," said the man.
Jaksic was arrested by officers of the Australian Federal Police in January 2016 while attempting to board a flight from Sydney.
He remains on bail and is on the list for sentencing before Judge Peter Zahra on September 26.