A man who set out on a deliberate campaign to infect men in Brighton with HIV has been jailed for life.
Branded "grotesque" and a "sociopath" by his victims, the 27-year-old was convicted in November of 10 charges - five of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and five of attempting to do so. I have HIV LOL" and "burn. I... After he was found guilty on November 15, 2017, sentencing was adjourned for psychiatric reports to be prepared.
Rowe claimed that his HIV was no longer terminal and his attorneys asked the judge to keep from handing down a sentence that would reinforce stigma on AIDS. "I got you." This is a rare case and according to the data, only seven cases have been registered since 1988.
Rowe was diagnosed with HIV during the year 2015. Articles also appeared in the national press after Rowe was named on social media.
She said: "You are the first individual to be sentenced for Section 18 offences in the context of infecting others with HIV".
He was released on police bail.
The hairdresser learned he contracted the disease from a previous boyfriend in April 2015 and plotted his revenge.
During late 2015, he went to the northeast England, where he continues to look for men in order to have sex with them.
When police tracked him down in a house he was sharing with another man in the Wallsend area of Newcastle, he jumped out of a window and fled.
His mother urged him to turn himself in to police, and when he was arrested police found three condoms with the tips cut off on him. He was then charged and remanded in custody on Christmas day. Rowe met his partners on the online dating site Grindr.
The victims allege Mr. Rowe pressured them into completely skipping use of a condom and engaging in bareback sex.
One of the people Rowe transmitted the virus to was an employee at an HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization, who said that they used a condom when they had sex. "I tried to take my life with my HIV medication". To another, he said, "I ripped the condom". One of Rowe's victims said that he always "did everything" so that he would not get infected, after his parents died of AIDS when he was young. "Many of those men were young men in their 20s at the time they had the misfortune to meet you.I can not see how and when you will no longer be a danger to gay men".
"I think he doesn't deserve to be paid for by the taxpayer for the rest of his life". "I have been devastated by Rowe's actions".
Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme, of Sussex Police, said: "It will bring some closure to the victims who have been very strong and supportive through the investigation".
"As well as the physical offences it is clear for the victims the psychological effects are huge".
"It is essential to acknowledge that one individual's behaviour is in no way representative of any other individual who is living with HIV".
She added: "There really is a need for therapy and not incarceration".