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HIV acrobat's charge dropped

Godfrey Zaburoni.
Godfrey Zaburoni.

A CHARGE against an HIV-positive acrobat accused of knowingly spreading the virus through unprotected sex with an unknown number of women across South-East Queensland was dropped at the beginning of his court hearing on Tuesday.

Godfrey Zaburoni, 32, who performed at the Coolum Kite Festival in 2008, was originally charged with acts intending to cause grievous bodily harm by transmitting a serious disease against two women. The committal hearing began against only one complainant.

The court heard the complainant contracted the disease between February 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008.

She tested positive for HIV in 2009.

The woman, who cannot be named due to a suppression order, was in a relationship with Mr Zaburoni.

Detective Senior Constable Samantha Wyper said Mr Zaburoni tested positive for HIV in the late 1990s.

Sixteen witnesses are due to give cross-examination evidence this week during the three-day committal hearing.

The trial continues.


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