Caroline Carberry QC told Lewes Crown Court: 'Daryll Rowe embarked on a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with HIV, having high risk sexual intercourse knowing he was highly infectious.'Unfortunately for many of the men he met his campaign was successful.He deceived those men into believing he was HIV negative, reassuring those he was intimate with.'Rowe's malicious crusade to infect as many men as possible was discovered after victims began to fall ill and went to police.It got pretty intense.' After the verdict, one of Rowe's victims anonymously told the BBC that he was driven to the verge of suicide when he found out he was infected after both his parents died of AIDS.
I was always trying to run away from that lifestyle, that's why I always insisted on condoms.'He added it was a 'reminder of my past'.'I feel it's come full-circle, and has made this my new life, which is very unfair,' he added.'[Rowe] called me over and over. I could only describe it as feeling like you've been raped, not the physical side of it, but the mental side.' The extent of Rowe's malicious scheme to take 'revenge' on the gay community following his diagnosis was laid bare in a six-week trial.
He admitted to ripping the condom.'He said, "I got you. There was menace in his voice, it was an insane conversation. Lewes Crown Court has heard Rowe had hatched the plan almost the moment he received the news in April 2015 that he had contracted HIV from his previous boyfriend.
Daryll Rowe presented himself as a softly spoken 'vegan hippie' who was looking for love - but in court it emerged he was actually 'nasty individual' who could quickly become angry.
Originally from Edinburgh, he was taken into care at a young age and fostered from the age of seven, he left school after taking his GCSEs and trained as a hairdresser at college.
A hairdresser who faces a potential life sentence for trying to infect as many men as possible with HIV was filmed lying to police when he told them he did not have the virus.
Daryll Rowe, 27, originally from Edinburgh, infected five men from the Brighton area and the North East with HIV while five others narrowly escaped contracting the life-changing virus.
'By bravely giving evidence in the trial, it sends a clear message that despite the complex and highly sensitive nature of such a case, the police and prosecutors will not shy away from investigating allegations of deliberate HIV transmission in order to keep people safe.'Rowe's first victim picked up the hairdresser in his car and they had unprotected sex. I cried all the way home.'Shocked by his behaviour, the victim refused to meet Rowe again which led the hairdresser to send a series of abusive texts taunting him. Investigations were launched by the Ministry of Justice and security firm GEOAmey after complaints were made.
But when the man panicked and refused to continue Rowe became extremely hostile. I thought he was so angry he was going to throw a brick at my car.'I thought I'd have to go back to work and explain a black eye or something. A GEOAmey spokesman said: 'Clearly the behaviour of the two GEOAmey officers involved was unacceptable and not representative of the hard work and high professional standards of their colleagues.'We conducted an internal investigation into the circumstances and after full consideration of the facts we took the correct, but nonetheless regrettable, decision to dismiss the officers.'We now consider this matter closed.' Rowe's second Grindr victim insisted on safe sex with a condom.
Although he initially had nowhere to live or stay, he began to make contact with men on the gay dating app, Grindr.