African faces deportation for infecting Australian women with HIV


Sydney: An African acrobat accused of having unprotected sex with several women while being infected with HIV-Aids had his Australian permanent residency cancelled and faces deportation, a media report said on Sep 16.

The 38-year-old Godfrey Zaburoni had failed the character test under section 501 of the Migration Act and is currently awaiting deportation to his native country, Zimbabwe, Xinhua news agency quoted Immigration Ministry spokesman as saying.

Zaburoni came to Australia in 1997, was accused of having unprotected sex with at least 12 Australian women, between 2007 to 2008 without informing them of his medical condition.

He was diagnosed with the disease in 1998 while touring with a circus in Adelaide.

The former Australia Got Talent participant was originally sentenced to a nine-and-a-half year’s jail term in 2013 by the Southport District court after becoming the second person in Queensland to be convicted of intentionally infecting someone with HIV.

However, in April the High Court overturned Zaburoni’s sentencing after finding no evidence that he had intended to infect deliberately with the virus.

Zaburoni was re-sentenced on a lesser charge, a five-year suspended sentence and had been released from prison to be deported to his country. (IANS)