Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

HIV case: Nursing assistant Johnny Lumsden granted bail but banned from social media

A Christchurch nursing assistant charged with having unprotected sex without revealing that he was HIV-positive was re-admitted to bail. Photo/File
A Christchurch nursing assistant charged with having unprotected sex without revealing that he was HIV-positive was re-admitted to bail. Photo/File

A Christchurch nursing assistant accused of having unprotected sex with three men without disclosing his HIV-positive status has todaybeen re-admitted to bail and been banned from using social media.

Johnny Lachlan Benjamin Lumsden, 26, faces criminal nuisance charges that he had unprotected sex without telling men that he was HIV-positive between August 15 and October 19 last year.

This morning, he appeared via audio visual link at Christchurch District Court after an alleged breach of bail.

Judge David Saunders granted Lumsden bail with conditions that he does not associate with police witnesses or contact complainants, not to leave the country, surrender his passport, and to not apply for any travel documents.

He is also prohibited from using social media, including Facebook and Grindr, and not to travel to Christchurch except to meet with his lawyer.

Lumsden also faces a charge of supplying a class A controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, breach of bail, and possession of utensils for methamphetamine.

He pleaded guilty to the utensils possession charge today and was remanded on bail on the defended charges to a case review hearing on May 19.

- NZ Herald

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