Who is Daryll Rowe? Hairdresser jailed for life for trying to infect men he met on gay dating app Grindr with HIV

Who is Daryll Rowe? Hairdresser jailed for life for trying to infect men he met on gay dating app Grindr with HIV

DARYLL Rowe was described as a "sociopath" by his victims — who deliberately infected with HIV after meeting them on Grindr.

The hairdresser was jailed for life in April 2018. Here's everything you need to know about Daryll Rowe.

Who is Daryll Rowe?

Rowe, 27, from Edinburgh, embarked on a "cynical campaign" to infect as many men as he could with the virus as "revenge" after he was diagnosed with the potentially killer disease.

The "vegan hippie", who tried treating the disease with alternative therapies including drinking his own urine, met up with men at their homes for unprotected sex.

Rowe began buying his own condoms and sabotaged them so he could continue to spread the virus.

He would then taunt his victims and even boasted he was "riddled with diseases" when another lover found a broken condom in the sink after their encounter.

His cruel campaign was rumbled after his victims began falling ill and two raised the alarm.

Although the victims' identities are protected by law, one American named Lenny waived his anonymity to speak out.

Lenny, who now lives in Brighton, recalled a conversation with Rowe in a BBC documentary called The Man Who Used HIV As A Weapon.

He said: "He said, 'You're gonna burn… you're stupid. I ripped the condom, I got you."

Lenny added: "I remember saying to myself, how can I be so stupid," before "feeling like his life was over".

When was Rowe sentenced?

In the first conviction of its kind in the UK, Rowe was jailed on April 18, 2018, after being found guilty of trying to infect as many men as he could with the virus.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years.

Including the time he has spent on remand, Rowe will only be considered for release after 10 years and 253 days, reports Sky News.

Lewes Crown Court in East Sussex previously heard that the hairdresser had sent taunting messages to his victims, having met many of them online.

He was last year found guilty of ten charges of deliberately trying to infect men he met on Grindr with HIV in Brighton, East Sussex and the North East between October 2015 and January 2016.

At the time, Caroline Carberry QC said: "Daryll Rowe embarked on a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with HIV, having high risk sexual intercourse knowing he was highly infectious.

"Unfortunately for many of the men he met his campaign was successful. He deceived those men into believing he was HIV negative, reassuring those he was intimate with."

Deborah Gold, chief executive of The National AIDS Trust, said: "The Rowe case is the first of its kind in the UK, and is an exceptionally rare thing to encounter.

"To intentionally transmit HIV is a deplorable crime which one could only commit by avoiding one's own crucial treatment."



 

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