A hairdresser has been sentenced to life in prison for deliberately infecting men with HIV after meeting them on Grindr.
Daryll Rowe had asked for a more lenient punishment insisting the disease was no longer terminal and that those diagnosed had “good and high life expectancy”.
His lawyers adked the judge to pass a sentence that would not add to the ‘social stigma” of HIV,but inform the public the virus is not what it was in the 1990s.
On Wednesday afternoon at Brighton Crown Court,Judge Crihistine Henson QC disagreed, and made history by sentencing Rowe to life with a minimum term of 12 years.
He is the first person in England to be convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to HIV.
Rowe’s six-week trial heard he embarked in a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect men with the disease,refusing treatment and ignoring advice from doctors.
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