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HIV acrobat detained after visa cancelled

AAP logoAAP 16/09/2016

An HIV-positive circus acrobat who infected his girlfriend is being detained and faces deportation to his native Zimbabwe.

Gold Coast performer Godfrey Zaburoni has had his visa cancelled and is being held in immigration detention, a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirmed.

Zaburoni was originally sentenced to nine-and-a-half years jail in 2013 after becoming only the second person in Queensland to be convicted of intentionally infecting someone with HIV.

He was found to have infected his girlfriend over a period of time in 2007 and 2008.

However, the High Court upheld Zaburoni's appeal against his conviction in April, finding even though he had frequent unprotected sex with her, there was "no evidence to support the inference" he intended to infect her.

The 38-year-old was then re-sentenced to five years imprisonment for the lesser charge of unlawfully doing grievous bodily harm.

But the sentence, delivered in June, was suspended immediately after he'd already served more than three years.

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