Update: The presiding judge Christine Henson QC has issued her sentencing, saying:
“You were infected with HIV and then moved to Brighton. With the full knowledge of the risk you posed to others you embarked on a deliberate campaign to infect other men with the HIV. Unfortunately for 5 men your campaign was successful.
“At trial you did not accept you were responsible for infecting HIV. You claimed you were cured. You denied sabotaging condoms. You attempted to explain your texts as reflecting your difficulties from childhood trauma. The jury rejected your account. They saw through your lies.
“It is clear the psychological effects have been immense. Your victims describe living with a life sentence.
“Psychological reports show your offending is associated with a significant degree of rage, control and sadism. You pose a high serious risk of harm to gay men. You are highly predatory controlling and manipulative.
“You are the first individual to be sentenced for infecting HIV in England.
“You made a concerted effort to continue to offend when on bail. You are someone who poses a significant risk to the public. I must consider if your offences justify a life sentence.
“I cannot see how and when you will no longer pose a risk to the public. Life sentence.
“I impose 10 year sentence and 253 days before your are considered for release.”
Daryll Rowe, aged 27, has been found guilty and sentenced to prison after he intentionally tried to spread HIV to men he picked up using the app Grindr. Rowe would use tampered condoms and multiple aliases to help commit his crimes. After his diagnosis he refused treatment despite doctors’ advice and began a campaign of trying to pick up as many men as he could and have unprotected sex with them, insisting that he was “clean”. If they still refused he would use a tampered condom.
Psychiatric reports on Daryll Rowe describe him showing significant “rage, control, sadism and violence”.— BBC South East (@bbcsoutheast) April 18, 2018
The court hears he is in “high and immediate risk of serious harm” to further gay men.
After having sex with his victims he would then send them abusive texts telling them that he was HIV positive and had tampered with the condoms so that they were now likely infected too.
He is the first person in the UK to be convicted of intentionally trying to spread HIV. Psychiatric reports have described Daryll as sadistic and filled with rage, and victims of his have called him a sociopathic killer. His campaign to infect as many men as possible has been described as “cynical” and “deliberate”. After he was confronted by police Daryll fled and went on the run where he targeted another two men before being successfully apprehended.
When first picked up by police he told police in his interview:
“Either this is a big, dramatic lie or someone out there has actually done this. What if they are just trying to single me out? Gay people can be horrible. This is one of the reasons I left Edinburgh, there’s a lot of horrible people up there.”
One victim told the press:
“What really upsets me is Rowe has never shown any regret but just arrogance, selfishness and has never faced responsibility for what he has done.”
Meanwhile Deborah Gold Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust said,
“People living with HIV should not be avoided, feared or discriminated against, even when it comes to sex and dating
“Well over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK, and the vast majority of them cannot pass on the virus to others due to effective medication– this is something most people don’t realise, unfortunately.
“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, one could only commit by avoiding one’s own crucial treatment. Our thoughts are with the victims in this case.”