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Police: HIV-positive hairdresser allegedly cut tips off condoms to infect his dates he met on Grindr

October 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police: HIV-positive hairdresser allegedly cut tips off condoms to infect his dates he met on Grindr

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A hairdresser intentionally infected at least four men with HIV after he met them on gay dating app Grindr — before he sent them mocking messages.

Daryll Rowe, 26, of Scotland, allegedly embarked on a “cynical campaign” to spread the virus to as many men as he could, The Independent reported.

He texted one of his victims and said: “Maybe you have a fever because I came inside you and I have HIV, lol. Whoops!”

The court heard that Rowe also called one of his victims and chuckled over the phone as he mocked the man about his possible diagnosis.

The victim was later diagnosed HIV, with a strain of the virus that is similar to that of Rowe’s.

Another man Rowe had intercourse with said he used a condom, but discovered it in the sink with the end of it ripped off.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC, told Lewes Crown Court: “He was concerned and upset and repeatedly asked Daryll Rowe whether he was clean, which he said he was. That condom did not split accidentally.”

Another purported victim found out he had contracted the virus after he felt “feverish and ill.”

Daryll Rowe is on trial at Lewes crown court, in Scotland (Image: Facebook)

Rowe was diagnosed with the virus in Edinburgh in 2015.

“With knowledge, putting others at risk, he embarked on what was a deliberate campaign to infect others with HIV. Unfortunately for some of the met, his campaign was successful. He had casual sexual relationships with men he met via Grindr. He deceived each of those men into believing he was negative. He reassured the men he was clean and when they insisted on a condom, he sabotaged the condom. Many of them were sent abusive and mocking messages,” Carberry said.

The prosecutor told the court that Rowe met eight men in Sussex and two additional men in the northeast.

“At least four have contracted, others were lucky not to,” she added.

“In all cases, he intended to infect those men.”

Rowe was arrested in 2016 after two men were diagnosed.

He refused to confessed that he was HIV-positive and denied having sex with the two men.

He was questioned again when other victims came forward. After posting bail, Rowe disappeared, and authorities launched a manhunt to locate him.

He was found in Wallsend — about 350 miles north of Sussex — under a false identity.

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