A hairdresser has been jailed for life after deliberately infecting at least five men with HIV.
In the first conviction of its kind in the UK, sadistic Daryll Rowe, 27, was found guilty of unleashing the “cynical campaign” to infect as many men as possible – targeting them through dating apps including Grindr.
The sick plot was in “revenge” after he was diagnosed with the potentially killer disease, with the man today jailed for a minimum of 10 years and 253 days.
Police had alleged that Rowe, who consistently denied having HIV, had refused treatment.
A court previously heard during a seven-week trial that the hairdresser had sent taunting messages to his victims, having met many of them online.
He was last year found guilty of ten charges of deliberately trying to infect men he met on Grindr with HIV between October 2015 and January 2016.
Judge Christine Henson on Wednesday told Rowe: “Psychological reports show your offending is associated with a significant degree of rage, control and sadism.”
“You pose a high serious risk of harm to gay men. You are highly predatory controlling and manipulative.”
Deborah Gold, chief executive of The National AIDS Trust, said: “The Rowe case is the first of its kind in the UK, and is an exceptionally rare thing to encounter.”
“To intentionally transmit HIV is a deplorable crime which one could only commit by avoiding one’s own crucial treatment.”
His cruel campaign was discovered after his victims began falling ill and two raised the alarm.
All of the victims’ identities are protected by law.