A Sydney man will spend at least three years in prison for infecting his wife with HIV, a court has ruled. A Sydney judge handed down the sentence after the 38-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one charge of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. Penrith District Court previously heard the man infected his wife, who is the mother of his three children, with HIV some time between January 1994 and December 2003. His wife found out she had the virus only when the couple’s youngest child was diagnosed with HIV in 1998. The child died three years later from an AIDS-related illness. Judge Jennifer English yesterday sentenced the man to four years and six months’ full-time jail, with a non-parole period of three years, meaning he will be eligible for release in April 2012 at the earliest.