Hairdresser already jailed for life in England for deliberately trying to infect victims with HIV is sentenced to eight years by Scottish court
- Daryll Rowe, 27, is jailed for eight years at the High Court in Edinburgh today
- The hairdresser pleaded guilty to four counts of culpable and reckless conduct
- He had unprotected sex with men despite being fully aware he was HIV positive
- Rowe was jailed for life last month in England for trying to infect 10 men
Daryll Rowe was sentenced to eight years in jail today after admitting further attacks
A hairdresser already jailed for life for infecting his gay lovers with HIV has been sentenced to eight years today after admitting further attacks in Scotland.
Daryll Rowe pleaded guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh to four incidents where he had unprotected sex with partners despite being fully aware he was HIV positive.
Rowe, 27, described as a ‘devious and deceptive predator’ was jailed for life last month for trying to infect 10 men in England.
He became the first man in the country of intentionally setting out to spread the virus. Five of them contracted HIV.
Today Rowe admitted four counts of culpable and reckless conduct. One of them contracted the virus. As well as being handed an eight-year prison term, he was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Police Scotland, who confirmed details of the hearing, said the hairdresser, originally from Edinburgh, who was diagnosed in April 2015, would meet men using online dating apps like Grindr, and enter into sexual relationships without disclosing his illness.
He would either refrain from wearing a condom during sex, or tamper with the protection, as he sought to deliberately infect others.
Between October 2015 and December 2016, he continued to commit similar offences in Edinburgh as well as Sussex and North East England.
Rowe, 27, (left in a topless selfie, and right, arriving at an earlier hearing was jailed for life last month for trying to infect 10 men in England
He was snared following ‘significant’ enquiries carried out by officers in Scotland and England.
Last month, Rowe was jailed for life at Lewes Crown Court. The court heard he had sent mocking text messages after sex saying he was ‘riddled’.
During the sentencing last month Judge Christine Henson QC, said: ‘You are the first individual to be sentenced for Section 18 offences in the context of infecting others with HIV.
‘With the full knowledge of the risk you posed to others and the legal implications of engaging in risky sexual practices, you embarked on a deliberate campaign to infect other men with the HIV virus.
The hairdresser targeted men between October 2015 and December 2016, carrying out offences in Edinburgh as well as Sussex and North East England.
‘They describe living with a life sentence as a result of your cruel and senseless acts. Many of those men were young men in their 20s at the time they had the misfortune to meet you.’
One of his victims told the court that he had considered ‘committing suicide all the time’ adding: ‘I don’t feel I can trust anyone. Daryll has destroyed my life.’
Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean, of Police Scotland, said after today’s hearing: ‘Daryll Rowe is a devious and deceptive predator who has shown absolutely no remorse for the extensive suffering and distress he has caused his victims.
‘Since April 2015 he was fully aware of his illness yet refused treatment that would ensure his own health and safeguard his sexual partners from the risk of infection.
Rowe, (left arriving at Lewes Crown Court and right) was snared following ‘significant’ enquiries carried out by officers in Scotland and England
‘To make matters worse, he would then knowingly engage in sexual activity with individuals he met without divulging his condition.
‘Rowe would then go to great lengths to ensure he put partners at risk of contracting HIV, demonstrating the callous and reckless nature of his character.’
He added: ‘It is my sincere hope that all of those affected by Daryll Rowe’s calculated criminality feel some sense of justice following today’s outcome.’
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