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Daryll Rowe jailed for minimum 12 years for intentionally spreading HIV

The hairdresser appeared at Brighton Crown Court for his sentencing

2018-04-18

Daryll Rowe has been jailed for a minimum of 12 years.

The 27 year old infected five men with HIV when he had unprotected sex with and tampered with condoms of another five men while living in Brighton and Northumberland, the BBC reports.

He was the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally planning to spread the virus and was convicted today of five counts of causing GBH and five attempted GBH.

During the trial, one man admitted he felt "pressured" into having sex with the hairdresser.

Rowe was diagnosed in April 2015 in his home city of Edinburgh and proceeded to meet men on Grindr and had sex with eight of them in Brighton from October to February 2016.

He then went on the run from the police and targeted two more men before he was detained by police at a Brighton flat last year.

In his first interview, he told officers: "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."