More people have come forward to accuse Daryll Rowe of deliberately infecting them with HIV, pushing the number of complainants up to 10. Rowe, a 26-year-old hairdresser from Edinburgh, is currently remanded in custody in Scotland but will be moved to Lewes to stand trial. He was investigated after claims he tampered with contraception while having sex with HIV-negative men in Brighton between October 2015 and January last year.
Originally he was accused of infecting two men, but the number has since steadily risen to 10. Rowe denies all charges against him of grievous bodily harm and attempted grievous bodily harm. If an HIV-positive person is receiving treatment and the virus is at ‘undetectable’ levels in their system, then they cannot pass HIV on to others.
However, if a person is not on any treatment and is deliberately infecting their sexual partners with the virus, it is considered to be the very serious offence of GBH – punishable with up to life imprisonment. Last week a judge granted all of the alleged victims lifetime anonymity, meaning they will give evidence from behind a screen or on camera for their own protection.