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Hairdresser Sentenced To Life For Deliberately Infecting Men With HIV By Tampering With Condoms

By Gareth Davies
Daryll Rowe, 26, arrives at Lewes Crown Court, where he is charged with infecting four men with the HIV, and of attempting to infect a further six between October 2015 and December 2016. © Press Association Daryll Rowe, 26, arrives at Lewes Crown Court, where he is charged with infecting four men with the HIV, and of attempting to infect a further six between October 2015 and December 2016.  

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 asked 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 Christine 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 on a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect men with the disease, refusing treatment and ignoring advice from doctors.

He insisted on having unprotected sex with men, claiming he was “clean”. When they refused, he tampered with condoms, tricking them into thinking he was practising safe sex.

Rowe showed no emotion as prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC read out statements from nine of his 10 victims, which she said showed the “devastating consequences” of his actions.

Handout video still issued by Sussex Police of Daryll Rowe, 26, during a police interview where he denied having HIV. Rowe has been found guilty at Lewes Crown Court of ten charges of deliberately trying to infect men he met on Grindr with HIV in Brighton, East Sussex and the North East. © Press Association Handout video still issued by Sussex Police of Daryll Rowe, 26, during a police interview where he denied having HIV. Rowe has been found guilty at Lewes Crown Court of ten charges…

Many told how they had considered suicide having suffered physical and psychological damage, needing to take daily medication.

One said: “Daryll has destroyed my life. I would rather he had murdered me than left me to live my life like this.”

The court heard it is the first case in which someone will be sentenced for GBH after intentionally infecting others with the HIV virus and Rowe could face life imprisonment.

But Felicity Gerry QC, defending, highlighted comparable cases from around the world, urging 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.

Ms Gerry QC highlighted comparable cases from around the world, urging 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 90s.

“He was a vulnerable young man in a community where the disclosure of one’s HIV status remains unusual, in the context of how he was meeting people,” she said.

“This is not a terminal illness. Those who live with HIV have good and high life expectancies.”

She added: “There really is a need for therapy and not incarceration.”

Daryll Rowe, wearing a grey suit and open-collared white shirt, was sentenced to five charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so.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.

“Given the facts of this case and your permissive predatory behaviour I cannot see when you would no longer be a danger to gay men.

“In my judgment, the offences, taken together, are so serious, that a life sentence is justified.

“You will potentially remain a danger to others for the rest of your life.”

Daryll Rowe arrives at Lewes Crown Court in Lewes, East Sussex, where the hairdresser is accused of male infecting lovers with HIV. © Press Association Daryll Rowe arrives at Lewes Crown Court in Lewes, East Sussex, where the hairdresser is accused of male infecting lovers with HIV.

Sussex Police came under fire over claims they put gay men in danger when they released Rowe on bail, after which he continued his campaign.

Northumbria Police have been accused of wrongfully arresting and detaining one of his unsuspecting victims as he came to terms with his boyfriend’s crimes.

Rowe’s final victim blamed the police for putting him at risk and said more could have been done sooner to stop Rowe’s offending.

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It was 18 days after his arrest that Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council urged gay men to get tested for HIV if they had been sexually involved with “a man in his 20s with a Scottish accent”.

Police appealed for anyone with information or potential victims to come forward but refused to publish his name and photo.

He was later identified by a newspaper, prompting widespread media reports.              (The Telegraph)

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Woman Infected With HIV By Boss, Sacked Now Loses Case In Court |RN

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A receptionist who accused her boss of infecting her with HIV and then sacking her has lost the 14-year court battle.

The woman told Kenya’s Employment and Labour Relations Court that she had a long-running affair with the man.

She said they met in September 2000 when both were employed at the man’s family business. Her lover was a supervisor in the firm.
The woman was fired in November of the same year on claims she was disrespectful to the managing director.

Later, the man, too, left the family business to set up his own company. He hired his lover as a receptionist and they continued their affair, according to court papers.

The woman said she had been tested before the affair and she was HIV-negative, but after their relationship, she was tested positive.

She claimed her lover became hostile when she broke the news to him. There were multiple claims of assault by both sides. The woman filed a case alleging unfair dismissal in 2004.

Last Thursday, the court threw out her case, with the judge terming it a case of sour grapes.

Justice Nduma Nderi found that the woman, named as BO to protect her identity, worked as a receptionist but did not prove her case against the man.

The judge, however, determined that the case before him was more than an employment case as it involved an affair between the two.

“What is without a doubt is that there was an emotional relationship between the plaintiff and the respondent which may not be fully explained by their having worked together for two different companies.

“The many criminal complaints by each of them against the other is a pointer to this untoward relationship. It is difficult to tell if any cause of action that may have arisen from this relationship falls or not within the jurisdiction of this court,” Nduma ruled.

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260,000 Persons Living With HIV/AIDS In Ebonyi State – Commissioner |RN

From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezuruike, on Friday, said that about 260,000 persons were infected by the HIV/AIDS disease in the state. Out of this figure, only 4,000 people, according to him, are currently living on drugs.

The Commissioner disclosed this in his office in Abakaliki at a press briefing to mark this year’s World AIDS Day. He disclosed that a total of 3.4million are infected by the virus nationwide out of which 600,000 patients are on drugs.

He further explained that 37.7 million people worldwide are living with the virus. This was even as he lamented that many people have not shown willingness to check their status to enable them embark on early treatment.

“It is note-worthy to clearly state that testing positive is not a death sentence but the beginning of a new life. People have lived with the virus for over 40 years as long as you live positively.

“Know your status and you will have the right to health which is the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day while concealing or not knowing your HIV status is your right to death” he declared.

Umezuruike disclosed that the state has a total of 202 HIV Health service facilities across the 171 wards in the state and called on the people to access the services free of charge. (The Sun)

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Bill Gates Warns World ‘Vulnerable’ To Deadly Epidemic In Next Decade |The Republican News

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates warned on Friday that the world was vulnerable to a deadly epidemic of an illness like flu, with the recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks underlining weaknesses in global efforts to tackle health crises swiftly.

Gates, whose foundation invests in improving healthcare in developing countries, said the global emergency response system was not strong enough and the ability to create new drugs and vaccines quickly was lacking.

He added that there needed to be more focus on developing treatments for likely epidemics.

“I cross my fingers all the time that some epidemic like a big flu doesn’t come along in the next 10 years,” Microsoft Corp founder Gates told Britain’s BBC radio.

“I do think we will have much better medical tools, much better response, but we are a bit vulnerable right now if something spread very quickly, like a flu, that was quite fatal.”

But Gates defended the World Health Organization (WHO) over widespread criticism of its handling of the 2014 Ebola crisis that killed thousands in west Africa, saying the agency was neither funded, nor staffed, to meet all the expectations.

He also raised concerns over growing antimicrobial resistance to drugs, saying the success of antibiotics had created complacency.

The misuse and overuse of antibiotics is accelerating antimicrobial resistance which is already complicating efforts to treat tuberculosis, HIV and malaria.

Gates said richer countries must help developing nations tackle disease, both for humanitarian reasons and for their own self-interest.

He said international co-operation had almost succeeded in wiping out polio which remains endemic only in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

If there are no new cases in the next three years polio will become the second human disease to be eradicated after smallpox in 1980.

“We’re very close. Hopefully, the last case will be some time next year,” Gates said.

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