Daryll Rowe sentenced to eight more years for trying to spread HIV

The 27-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 12 years in Brighton last month


Gay hairdresser Daryll Rowe has admitted to four more charges of intentionally trying to spread HIV.

The 27-year-old was jailed for a minimum of 12 years last month for infecting five men with HIV and attempting to infect five others.

In a separate trial at Edinburgh’s High Court in Scotland yesterday (May 4), Rowe pleaded guilty to having sex with four other men and infecting one of them with the virus.

Rowe was sentenced to eight years in prison and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Last month, he became the first man in the country to be found guilty of intentionally planning to spread the virus and was convicted of five counts of causing GBH and five attempted GBH.

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 2015 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.

During his trial, a Brighton court heard how Rowe tampered with the condoms of men who refused to have unprotected sex. 

The 27-year-old also sent taunting messages to his partners when telling them he was HIV-positive. He told one victim: “Maybe you have the fever… I have HIV LOL.”

During a phone call to another partner, Rowe allegedly said: “I ripped the condom. You’re so stupid. You didn’t even know.”