Hairdresser sentenced to prison for infecting men with HIV

Leslie Hanson
April 18, 2018

Though he was convicted under laws on GBH that goes back to 1861, it is the first time the law was used to convict someone for intentionally or attempting to intentionally infect others with HIV/AIDS in England.

"He was a vulnerable young man in a community where the disclosure of one's HIV status remains unusual, in the context of how he was meeting people", she said.

Sussex Police said during his seven-week trial a year ago, the court heard how Rowe met his victims on the online dating site Grindr, and would persuade them to have unsafe sex or deliberately sabotage condoms.

Daryll Rowe, 27, from Brighton, infected five men he had unprotected sex with and deliberately tampered with the condoms of another five men in Brighton and Northumberland.

Rowe, who will serve a minimum of 12 years, taunted his victims after having sex with them by sending texts such as: "Maybe you have the fever coz".

Rowe was diagnosed with HIV in April, 2015. "I would rather he had murdered me than left me to live my life like this".

Another, who also tested positive for HIV, said: "How did this happen?" I did everything to prevent the virus from ever catching me.

He said: "This disease is something I never took lightly".

It led the force and health officials to publish a warning urging gay men who had sex with "a man in his 20s with a Scottish accent" to get tested.

Police said Rowe persuaded his victims to have unsafe sex with him by telling them he was negative for HIV or would deliberately sabotage condoms. One man said that Rowe was "laughing" when he called, adding: 'Burn.

During sentencing, the court heard statements from some of Rowe's victims about the impact contracting HIV had on their lives.

"[The victims] describe living with a life sentence as a result of your cruel and senseless acts", Henson said during sentencing.

After six months, Judge Henson declared Rowe to be a "risk" to society and stated that Rowe had a deliberate campaign to infect other men with the virus.

The judge told Rowe: "Given the facts of this case and your permissive predatory behaviour I can not see when you would no longer be a danger to gay men".

Following his sentencing, Deborah Gold, chief executive of the United Kingdom -based National AIDS Trust, said on Twitter, "The Rowe case is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and is an exceptionally rare thing to encounter".

Well over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the United Kingdom, and the vast majority of them can not pass on the virus to others due to effective medication - this is something most people don't realize, unfortunately.

"The Rowe case is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, and is an exceptionally rare thing to encounter. Our thoughts are with the victims in this case".

Daryll Rowe, who is originally from Edinburgh, became the first man in the United Kingdom to be found guilty of intentionally spreading the incurable virus after meeting men on gay dating app Grindr.

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