- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

SYDNEY (AP) - A Zimbabwean circus acrobat who infected his girlfriend with HIV through frequent unprotected sex has been given a suspended sentence after appealing against a conviction of deliberately passing on the virus that causes AIDS.

Godfrey Zaburoni was originally sentenced by an Australian court in 2013 to more than nine years in prison on a charge of unlawfully and intentionally transmitting a serious disease. He appealed, and in April Australia’s highest court ruled there was no evidence that Zaburoni had intended to infect his girlfriend.

Brisbane District Court Judge Julie Dick on Friday sentenced Zaburoni to five years in prison on the lesser charge of unlawfully doing grievous bodily harm. The judge immediately suspended the sentence since Zaburoni has already served more than three years in prison.

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