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 2010-07-14 06:38 pm Back to NEWS
Zambian with AIDS on trial in USA for having unprotected sex

A Zambian national is on trial in Dallas, USA, for having unprotected sex with a woman without disclosing that he is infected with AIDS.

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 AIDS.

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.

He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Prosecutors allege in the indictment that the deadly weapon was his penis and bodily fluids.

Both 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.

Prosecutor Josh Healy said in his opening statement that the woman rejected sexual advances and marriage proposals from Tumbwe, although she did kiss him goodbye once.

In October 2008, Healy said, Tumbwe raped her on her futon in her den.

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."

As 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.

The 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 convicted.


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