A British man infected with HIV who mocked his victims after having unprotected sex with them got life in prison.
The 27-year-old hairdresser from Brighton, U.K., reportedly infected five of his partners and had unprotected intercourse with five more. Daryll Rowe is the first British HIV patient convicted for intentionally infecting other people with the deadly HIV virus.
Rowe will serve a minimum term of 12 years for his “determined hateful campaign of sly violence,” as the prosecutors put it. The man intentionally compromised the condoms of his partners to spread the disease.
He first learned he had the disease in April 2015. After the diagnosis, he continued dating other men and had sexual intercourse with six of them from October to February next year.
After the Brighton police found about his habit, he fled to Northumberland, where he targeted two other victims. After having sex with them, he texted them “I have HIV LOL. Oops” or other mocking messages.
A Senseless Act
Judge Christine Henson, who sentenced the man to life in prison, noted that it was “crystal clear” from his text messages that he was aware of what he was doing.
As well as the physical offences it is clear for the victims the psychological effects are immense,
Judge Henson told him.
Henson also blasted Rowe for condemning his victims to a “life sentence” through his “cruel and senseless acts.” Most of the men that got the disease were in their 20s. The judge concluded that Henson is a permanent danger to other gay men.
The court insisted that the sentence is not designed to stigmatize a HIV patient.
One of the victims said he was pressurized into having sexual intercourse with the gay hairdresser. Another former sex partner described him as a “sociopath.”
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