Members of a family who have been living with a convicted rapist from Northampton, who knowingly infected a woman with HIV, for the past six years say they are in “total shock”.
Brian Tatenda Shayanowako, aged 54, of Lower Adelaide Street, Semilong, Northampton, is currently being hunted by police after he failed to appear for his trial at Aylesbury Crown Court last week.
In his absence, Shayanowako was convicted by jury and sentenced to 12 years in jail.
The sentence took into account the fact Shayanowako had previously pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm against the rape victim and a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm by transmitting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to another woman.
Shayanowako has been employed by Northampton-based Friendly Support Services Ltd as a support worker for the past nine years and provides 24/7 care for David Lannagan, of Daventry, who suffers from an acquired brain injury.
Mr Lannagan’s wife Sandra said she cannot believe Shayanowako was released on bail after pleading guilty to ABH and GBH on August 19.
Mrs Lannagan said the family, including children and grand-children, were being tested for HIV for “their own piece of mind”
She said: “He was the type of guy that would do anything for you.
“He used to do all David’s personal hygiene, including washing and shaving him. It is a total shock to us.
“I can’t understand why nobody was informed about his charges and why it wasn’t divulged about his HIV.
“We can’t believe what he has done. None of us knew about it at all. I don’t understand why he wasn’t kept in custody after he pleaded guilty.”
Justin Manning, director of Friendly Support Services, said all the staff were also in complete shock at the news of Shayanowako’s criminal convictions.
He said: “I only found out on Monday after I got a phone call from somebody who had seen the story on the news.
“Everybody is in total shock; we can’t believe this is what has happened. Staff thought they knew the man and thought he was a good guy.
“He has only ever been praised for his ability at work and is described as very professional in his work.”
Mr Manning said Shayanowako had been subject to all the required checks when he was employed in 2005, including criminal record checks.
However, Mr Manning said the Equality Act 2010 meant the company was not able to ask if a prospective employee had HIV and it was up to the employee to disclose their condition.
Mr Manning said that Shayanowako had not turned up for a shift on August 16 and the company had been unable to contact him since.
Aylesbury Crown Court heard that during 2002, while Shayanowako was living in Slough, he injured a woman by pouring boiling water over her, scalding her chest and abdomen. During 2003 he raped the same victim.
Shayanowako committed the offence of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) between 2006 and 2010. He had unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman while knowing his HIV status, but without declaring it to her or taking steps to prevent transmission.
Shayanowako was arrested for the GBH offence on February 21, 2011. He was arrested on suspicion of the rape and ABH on October 25, 2011 and was charged with the offences on October 7 last year.