WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A British hairdresser who intentionally infected at least four men with HIV had been sentenced to life imprisonment.
- Daryll Rowe was found guilty of five counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five counts of attempted grievous bodily harm, according to Newsweek.
- The 27-year-old hairdresser, originally from Edinburgh, met his victims through gay dating app Grindr.
Daryll Rowe will be jailed for life after Brighton Crown Court has given its sentence to the man who intentionally infected at least four men with HIV. He is the first man in England to be found guilty of deliberately spreading the virus.
On April 18, the court stated that Rowe needs to serve a minimum of 10 years before any consideration of parole could be made.
The Brighton hairdresser was accused of pressuring his victims into unprotected intercourse. declaring he was clean. He was also accused of tampering with condoms if his lover would insist that he should wear one.
“Daryll Rowe was consistent in lying to his victims about having HIV,” Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme of the Sussex Police said. “He was persistent and aggressive in wanting unprotected sex in order to infect people, and when he didn’t get what he wanted, he deliberately damaged condoms to achieve his aim.”
The victims revealed that Rowe would mock them by sending abusive messages.
One of his messages read: “Maybe you have the fever cos I came inside you and I have HIV, lol. Whoops!”
Another text message to one of his alleged victims to say: “I ripped the condom. Burn. I got you.”
He was already found guilty on November 15, 2017, but sentencing was suspended so that psychiatric evaluation can be prepared.
Rowe had contracted HIV in April 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the jury heard during the trial. Refusing treatment, he moved to Brighton, England, later that year.
Police were able to arrest Rowe after they were notified by a health clinic in Brighton that they had clients who contracted HIV the same way.
One of Rowe’s victim told the court how he had considered suicide when he was diagnosed with HIV in January 2016.
“Darryl has destroyed my life. I would rather he had murdered me than left me to live my life like this,” he said.
Another victim said he thought he was going to die when he was diagnosed, while another described how he and his family were shattered believing “it was a life-long sentence, which would eventually kill me off because of the stigma surrounding the disease.”