Scottish Man Who Purposely Infected Men with HIV Finally Sentenced
by Brian Moniz
On Wednesday, April 18th, justice was finally served for ten gay men in the United Kingdom who fell victim to a vile and disturbing man we covered here once before on Matthews Place. Daryll Rowe, of Scotland, spent much of 2015 and 2016 traveling up and down the United Kingdom on a “campaign” to infect as many men with HIV as he possibly could before a national man-hunt caught him in late 2016.
In our last piece about this monster, we learned that Rowe was infected with the HIV virus and had slept with at least ten men that we know of, tampering with condoms and refusing his HIV medications in hopes it would increase the likelihood of passing the HIV virus to his victims. Rowe succeeded in five of those ten cases. The five men who avoided infection did so with the aid of Truvada, also known as PrEP. All ten men, however, banded together to help put this animal in jail where he belongs.
On Wednesday, Judge Christine Henson sentenced Daryll Rowe to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least twelve years. Henson informed Rowe and the courtroom that she had never seen any case like this before, and that she reserves life sentences for the most heinous and gruesome acts of violence and/or murder, but also concluded that this bizarre and disturbing case belonged in that category. She concluded that Rowe showed no signs of remorse or compassion for his crimes, and that every word that came out of his mouth was a lie that could not be trusted. Psychiatric evaluations suggested that while it’s possible Rowe may have a personality disorder, he was nevertheless very aware of his actions both now and before.
The final nail in the coffin of Daryll Rowe’s freedom came when Judge Henson was presented with hundreds of text messages and Grindr messages from the victims, sent by Rowe, where he is clearly laughing and mocking the ten men for now being at risk for HIV. In a case such as this, it must be proven to the court that the defendant knew what they were doing, and that it was not an accident or something unbeknown to the perpetrator. His prideful snickering and mocking of his victims came back to haunt him ten-fold, and now, Rowe can enjoy the rest of his life behind bars in a tiny, cold jail cell.
What Rowe did can never be undone, but at least now, the ten men whose lives Rowe devastated can sleep easier knowing their voices were heard, justice was served, and the monster from their nightmares is being put away forever where he belongs.
About the Author:
Brian Moniz is a 30-year-old man from San Jose, Calif. He studied filmmaking and writing at San Jose State University from 2010–2013 and got his bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV-Film. Throughout his high school and college years, he worked as a music and movie journalist and critic. Having only recently come out of the closet himself in 2014, Brian enjoys writing about LGBTQ issues. His only regret when it comes to his sexuality is that he didn’t come out sooner. Read more by Brian here.