Australia cancels visa & to deport Zimbabwean acrobat who infects partner with HIV

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Godfrey Zaburoni
Godfrey Zaburoni, a Zimbabwean acrobat, had his visa cancelled and was ordered deported by the Australian government for infecting a female partner with HIV. YouTube

In July, an HIV-infected Malawi man was ordered arrested for infecting young girls whom he divirginised after their first period. Another African man is in trouble in Australia for a similar offence.

Godfrey Zaburoni, a Zimbabwean acrobat, had his visa cancelled and was ordered deported by the Australian government for infecting a female partner with HIV.  ABC reports Zaburoni had unprotected sex with at least 12 Australian women, including his former partner of two years, by not telling them the truth about his medical history.

He was sentenced to a nine-year prison term in 2013 for deliberately infecting his partner from Gold Coast with HIV. However, Zaburoni insists infecting her was not a deliberate act since he claims ignorance of how the virus is passed on.

In April, Australia’s High Court reversed a lower court’s decision and resentenced him on a lesser charge. Zaburoni has been released from prison with a suspended sentence but was taken to immigration detention for deportation.

High Court Judge Stephen Gageler explains, "[There was not enough proof to safely exclude the hypothesis] that the appellant engaged in that sexual intercourse with the complainant not with an intention to transmit the disease ... but selfishly for his own gratification, being reckless as to whether or not the complainant might become infected.” He was diagnosed with HIV in 1998 while a performer of a touring circus in Adelaide at that time, reports ABC.

Zaburoni, who had an appearance on “Australia’s Got Talent,” is scheduled for re-sentencing in the District Court in Brisbane. His deportation to Zimbabwe would be after he ends his sentence.

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Source: Channel Ten