A British man who said he was “riddled” with HIV and convicted of trying to infect 10 men has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years.
Daryll Rowe, 27, infected five men he had unprotected sex with and sabotaged the condoms of another five in Brighton and Northumberland. He is the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally setting out to spread the virus.
His crime were branded a “determined hateful campaign of sly violence. After being diagnosed in April 2015, Rowe met men on the gay dating site “Grindr and had sex with eight of them in Brighton between October that year and February 2016.
He sent mocking messages after sex with some of the men, including ” I have HIV LOL Oops” and “I’m riddled”. Sentencing Rowe at Brighton Crown Court, Judge Christine Henson QC said: “The messages you sent make it crystal clear you knew exactly what you were doing.
As well as the physical offences, it is clear for the victims the psychological effects are immense. They describe living with a life sentence as a result of your cruel and senseless acts.
I cannot see how and when you will no longer be a danger to gay men. I note that this sentence is not about stigmatizing anyone living with HIV. Rowe was convicted of 5 counts of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and 5 of attempted GBH.