A hairdresser who faces a potential life sentence for trying to infect as many men as possible with HIV was filmed lying to police when he told them he did not have the virus.
Daryll Rowe, 27, originally from Edinburgh, infected five men from the Brighton area and the North East with HIV while five others narrowly escaped contracting the life-changing virus. He was found guilty of five counts of causing grievous bodily harm and five of attempting to cause GBH today in a prosecution hailed as the first of its kind.
A court heard he infected the men in a ‘revenge’ campaign on the gay community after he was diagnosed with HIV. The judge adjourned sentencing until next year but warned Rowe he could face a life sentence for his crimes.
The court heard he was “laughing” when he called his second victim, who also tested positive for HIV after they met, “stupid”, adding: “Burn. I got you.”
He badgered the man with phone calls and seemed to be proud of what he had done, the victim said.
Rowe deliberately injured another man while having sex in a bid to transmit the virus, the court heard.
He even boasted he was “riddled with diseases” when another victim found a broken condom in the sink after their encounter.