ZIMBABWE – An African man named Godfrey Zaburoni
accused of having unprotected sex with several Aussie women while being
infected with HIV has had his Australian permanent residency cancelled
and faces deportation. Peter Dutton, Spokesman for Australian
Immigration Minister, said that the 38-year-old had failed the
character test under section 501 of the Migration Act.
He said as a result of this he is currently awaiting deportation to his native country, Zimbabwe.
said that Zaburoni who arrived in Australia in 1997 was accused of
having unprotected sex with at least 12 Australian women, between 2007
to 2008 including with his Gold Coast ex-girlfriend of two years,
without informing them of his medical condition.
spokesman said that it was earlier reported that Zaburoni was diagnosed
with the disease in 1998 while touring with a circus in Adelaide. He
said that Zaburoni, a 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.
Dutton, however, said that in April the High Court overturned Zaburoni’s
sentencing after finding no evidence that he had intended to infect his
girlfriend deliberately with the virus.
He said that
Zaburoni was then re-sentenced on a lesser charge, a five-year suspended
sentence and had been released from prison with expectations that he
would face deportation soon. Meanwhile, a source said without specifying
that Zaburoni has been detained by immigration officials on Thursday
night and would face deportation to Zimbabwe soon.