A hairdresser who deliberately infected his gay lovers with HIV has been jailed for life today.
Daryll Rowe, 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.
The 27-year-old was handed a life sentence today and ordered a serve at least 12 years following a first-of-its-kind case.
Judge Christine Henson QC, sentencing, referred to his crimes as a 'determined hateful campaign of sly violence'.
'You are the first individual to be sentenced for Section 18 offences in the context of infecting others with HIV,' she said
'With the full knowledge of the risk you posed to others and the legal implications of engaging in risky sexual practices, you embarked on a deliberate campaign to infect other men with the HIV virus.
'Unfortunately for five of the men you met your campaign was successful.'
The judge added: 'They describe living with a life sentence as a result of your cruel and senseless acts. Many of those men were young men in their 20s at the time they had the misfortune to meet you.'
The judge told Rowe he poses a significant risk to the public, adding: 'You will potentially remain a danger to others for the rest of your life.'
In a victim impact statement read out ahead of his sentencing, one of Rowe's victims told of the lasting impact of the crimes.
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