News: Eight Years Added To Sentence Of Man Who Intentionally Spread HIV
Attitude reports that eight more years have been added (on the the twelve he already had) to the jail term of Daryll Rowe, a 27-year old hairdresser who intentionally infected his partners with HIV. The sentence was handed down by Edinburgh’s High Court in Scotland, after Rowe pleaded guilty to having sex with four other men and infecting one of them with the virus.
Last month, The Guardian reported that a jury of seven women and five men found Rowe guilty of intentionally infecting five men with HIV and trying to infect five more men that he met on a dating app. He was being tried for five counts of grievous bodily harm and five counts of attempted grievous bodily harm.
Rowe infected the men either by damaging the condoms he was using or pressuring them to have unprotected sex with him. In fact, when Rowe was finally arrested in 2016, he had a bag full of damaged condoms.
Rowe was diagnosed with HIV in April 2015 and eventually stopped showing up at doctor’s appointments and taking antiretroviral treatments. By October 2015, the prosecution said Rowe infected as many men as he possibly could over a four-month period.
Rowe was first arrested on February 2016, but denied he was HIV+ when questioned by police. The police put out a public health warning and called on men who had sex with a person that fit Rowe’s description to contact them. On November 2016, Rowe went on the run and tried to infect two more men.
Apparently not content with intentionally infecting his partners, Rowe would also mock his victims by telling them he was “riddled” with the virus after they had raised concerns. One man said Rowe called him up to say, “Burn. I got you.”
For his part, Rowe tearfully denied deliberately infecting the men.
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