A hairdresser who deliberately tried to infect 10 men with HIV has been jailed for 12 years. Daryll Rowe became the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the virus.
Branded ‘grotesque’ and a ‘sociopath’ by his victims, the 27-year-old was convicted in October of 10 charges – five of grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so.
Metro News reports that,after being diagnosed in April 2015, Rowe met several men on gay dating app Grindr.
He had sex with eight of them in Brighton, East Sussex, between October that year and February 2016, before fleeing to the north east, where he targeted two more men.
His six-week trial heard he embarked on a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect men with HIV, refusing treatment and ignoring advice from doctors.
He insisted on having unprotected sex with men, claiming he was ‘clean’. When they refused, he tampered with condoms, tricking them into thinking he was practising safe sex.
Afterwards Rowe would become aggressive and taunted some of the men in text messages. He repeatedly lied to authorities and would use aliases with his victims.
Rowe said he practised yoga and took a keen interest in healthy living.