Hairdresser behind bars for infecting men with HIV


The court has sentenced him to life imprisonment and he has to at least spend 12 years of his sentence in jail.

Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme of the Sussex Police said, "Daryll Rowe was consistent in lying to his victims about having HIV, 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".

At least four of the men have contracted HIV, police said.

The Guardian reported that Rowe "repeatedly sabotaged condoms, and then mocked victims saying that he was "riddled" with the virus after they raised concerns".

A 27-year-old British man who intentionally infected others with HIV after meeting them on Grindr was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately for five of the men you met, your campaign was successful".

After he left Brighton in February a year ago he lived in a tent near Edinburgh and then went on to meet more men in the north east of England giving them a false name. "Many of those men were young men in their 20s at the time they had the misfortune to meet you.I can not see how and when you will no longer be a danger to gay men".

"The victims have demonstrated real strength of character in speaking out about this, and because of this strength and the hard work of the detectives, staff and partners working on the case, a unsafe man, who betrayed the trust of many men, is now in prison".

"That is exactly how I think about him now".

"As long as he has strength in his body, he will be a risk".

Hodson emphasized the complicated nature of the case. Rowe's conviction was the first. Rowe told the jury that he believed drinking his own urine every day would cure him. He was also sentenced for several drug-related charges.

"The sentence, while not unexpected, is particularly sever considering that when treated that HIV is no longer a life threatening condition", Hodson said.

"People living with HIV should not be avoided, feared or discriminated against, even when it comes to sex and dating".

She added: "I note that this sentence is not about stigmatising anyone living with HIV". "It's unhelpful, hurtful and damaging".

In the United States, California recently reduced the penalty for knowingly exposing others to HIV, to a felony from a misdemeanor. Someone can only be charged with intentional transmission if it can be proved they maliciously and intentionally tried to give the other person HIV.

"There could be more people out there that we don't know about and if there are I would urge them to come forward", he said.

"Every day I take medication and I know I have a virus inside me that could cause a disgusting death". "Within that, we recognize the particular trauma that the victims in this case have had to face and I wish them all the strength and support that they need".