HIV hairdresser Daryll Rowe sentenced to eight more years

Galtero Lara
May 7, 2018

"The fact that his victims had the courage to come forward to report what had happened to them has allowed us to bring him to justice". One contracted the virus.

HIV positive Daryll Rowe admitted having unprotected sex with four men in Edinburgh with a total disregard to the consequences after being diagnosed with the virus and passed on the infection to one victim.

The 27-year-old, who was diagnosed in April 2015, would meet men using online dating apps and enter into sexual relationships without disclosing his illness.

Rowe, of Musselburgh, East Lothian, admitted culpably and recklessly exposing the four men to the risk of contracting HIV between June and September 2015 at an address in Edinburgh.

During contact with victims Rowe would either refrain from wearing a condom, or tamper with them, as he attempted to deliberately infect men.

He was snared following "significant" enquiries carried out by officers in Scotland and England.

Last month, Rowe was jailed for life at Lewes Crown Court. The court heard he had sent mocking text messages after sex saying he was "riddled".

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During the sentencing last month Judge Christine Henson QC, said: 'You are the first individual to be sentenced for Section 18 offences in the context of infecting others with HIV.

Rowe had sex with eight different men in Brighton before being arrested by Sussex Police after two HIV patients at a sexual health clinic provided similar descriptions of the person they had sex with.

"I think about committing suicide all the time", said the man, who is now HIV-positive.

Det Ch Insp Martin MacLean, of Police Scotland, said: "Daryll Rowe is a devious and deceptive predator who has shown absolutely no remorse for the extensive suffering and distress he has caused his victims".

"Rowe would then go to great lengths to ensure he put partners at risk of contracting HIV, demonstrating the callous and reckless nature of his character".

"It is my honest hope that all of those affected by Daryll Rowe's calculated criminality feel some sense of justice following today's outcome".

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