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UK Hairdresser Sentenced to Life in Prison for Purposely Infecting Men with HIV

Wednesday Apr 18, 2018

A U.K. man who was convicted of attempting to deliberately infect at least 10 men with HIV has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 12 years, the BBC reports.

Darryl Rowe, a 27-year-old hairdresser from Brighton, England, infected five men who had unprotected sex with. He also damaged condoms used with another five men he had sex with in the U.K.

The BBC reports Rowe is the first man in England to be found guilty of intentionally trying to infect people with HIV.

Rowe was diagnosed with the disease in April 2015 and then set out to meet men via the gay dating app Grindr. The BBC reports he had sex with eight Grindr dates between October 2015 and February 2016. After a run from police, authorities obtained text messages he sent some of the men, including "I have HIV LOL. Oops." and "I'm riddled."

During the sentencing, Judge Christine Henson commented on Rowe's texts.

"The messages you sent make it crystal clear you knew exactly what you were doing," Henson said, according to the BBC. "As well as the physical offenses it is clear for the victims the psychological effects are immense. I cannot see how and when you will no longer be a danger to gay men."


  • , 2018-04-18 12:29:31

    Prison is where he belongs.

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