BRIGHTON: A man who deliberately tried to infect 10 men with HIV was given a life sentence on yesterday (18th of April).
Daryll Rowe, a 27-year-old hairdresser from Brighton showed no emotion as he was told that he must serve at least 12 years for the determined, hateful campaign of sly violence during a sentencing hearing at the city’s crown court.
“As long as he has strength in his body, he will be a risk,” Rowe’s 10th victim, who was not infected, said after the hearing.
The judge, Christine Henson QC, told Rowe he would “with the full knowledge of the risk you posed to others and you potentially remain a danger to others for the rest of your life”.
After being diagnosed in April 2015 in Edinburgh, Rowe met men through a gay dating app. He had sex with eight of them in Brighton, in East Sussex, between October that year and February 2016, before fleeing to north-east England, where he targeted two more men.
His six-week trial heard that he refused treatment and ignored advice from doctors. He insisted on having unprotected sex with the men he met, claiming that he was “clean”.
When they refused, he tampered with condoms, tricking them into thinking that he was practicing safe sex. Afterward, Rowe became aggressive and taunted some of his victims in text messages
The judge told him: “Many of those men were young men in their 20s at the time they had the misfortune to meet you.
“Given the facts of this case and your permissive, predatory behavior, I cannot see when you would no longer be a danger to gay men. In my judgment, the offenses, taken together, are so serious that a life sentence is justified.”
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