Acrobat: Infecting girlfriend with HIV was unintentional

A CIRCUS acrobat has argued he was reckless when he infected his girlfriend with HIV but it was not intentional.

Godfrey Zaburoni, 34, was sentenced to 9½ years in jail earlier this year after facing a trial on the Gold Coast where he was in a relationship with his girlfriend, who he met at a New Year's Eve party in 2006.

The Zimbabwe national headed to the Queensland Court of Appeal on Tuesday to appeal his conviction for deliberately infecting his girlfriend with the disease.

His lawyers argued unprotected sex had potential consequences but it was not a probable consequence.

Zaburoni arrived in Australia in 1997 and was diagnosed with the disease in 1998 but hid his condition, even asking his best friend to fake a blood test for a visa.

The acrobat toured Australia in circus troupes and performed on TV show Australia's Got Talent.

The court reserved its decision.



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