A Zambian national is on trial in Dallas, USA, for having unprotected
sex with a woman without disclosing that he is infected with
According to US news channel, Fox4NEWS, the accused has been
identified as Nathaniel Tumbwe.
The prosecution alleges that Tumbwe who
had been presenting himself as a doctor, a church minister and a prince from
Zambia, had unprotected sex with a woman without telling her that he had
And according to the Dallas Morning News, prosecutors said Tumbwe
raped a woman who invited him to her Cedar Hill home for dinner in 2008. He did
not use a condom, they said, or tell her about his deadly disease. At the time,
prosecutors said, Tumbwe's HIV had already progressed into AIDS.
charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors allege in the
indictment that the deadly weapon was his penis and bodily fluids.
Tumbwe and the woman were elders at the Potter's House, the megachurch in
southwestern Dallas. The woman is still an elder there. They met there and
sometimes got together to discuss and debate religion.
Healy said in his opening statement that the woman rejected sexual advances and
marriage proposals from Tumbwe, although she did kiss him goodbye
In October 2008, Healy said, Tumbwe raped her on her futon in her
The prosecutor said the woman said no more than 50 times, but Tumbwe
told her: "We have already sinned in our hearts. Just give it to me."
Healy spoke this morning, Tumbwe sat with his arms crossed, shaking his head.
Later, his body seemed to shake.
Tumbwe's attorney, Michael Levine, said
in his opening statement that prosecutors "concocted" a charge against Tumbwe
and that most of the evidence the jurors will hear "will not be proof." He
called the trial "a mockery."
The woman Tumbwe is alleged to have raped
is still undergoing testing to determine if she is HIV positive.
prosecution will present testimony from several witnesses who said he did not
take his disease seriously. Experts said he frequently did not take medications
and missed doctors' appointments.
Prosecutors are trying to show that he
allowed his AIDS to progress and then had sex with the victim, therefore using
it as a deadly weapon.
Two women who did contract the virus from him will
likely testify during the punishment phase of the trial, if Tumbwe is