- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - A Zimbabwean circus acrobat who infected his girlfriend with HIV through frequent unprotected sex has won an appeal in Australia’s highest court against a conviction for deliberately infecting her with the virus that causes AIDS.

The five High Court judges ruled on Wednesday there was no evidence that Godfrey Zaburoni had intended to infect the woman during a two-year relationship that ended in 2008 in Queensland state.

The 37-year-old was sentenced in a Queensland court in 2013 to nine years and six months in prison after a jury found him guilty of unlawfully transmitting a serious disease with intent to do so.

He will soon be sentenced in the same court for the lesser offense of unlawfully doing the woman grievous bodily harm.

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