A gay man deliberately infected at least four men with HIV, before sending them mocking text messages revealing his status, a court heard.
Daryll Rowe, 26, a hairdresser from Edinburgh, is on trial for meeting men on Grindr and sabotaging condoms.
Prosecutors in the case said Rowe was on ‘a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with HIV.’
He also texted one of his alleged victims: ‘Maybe you have the fever cos I came inside you and I have HIV, lol. Whoops!’
The court also heard Rowe called one of his victims and laughed as he revealed his positive status. He allegedly said: ‘I ripped the condom. You’re so stupid, you didn’t even know.’
‘He deliberately sabotaged the condom’
Caroline Carberry QC, prosecuting, told Lewes Crown Court the details: ‘Daryll Rowe was diagnosed with HIV in Edinburgh in April 2015.
‘With full knowledge, putting others at risk, he embarked on what was a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with the HIV virus.
‘Unfortunately for some of the men he met, his campaign was successful.
‘He had numerous, casual sexual relationships with men he met via Grindr [and] he deceived each of those men into believing he was HIV negative.
‘He reassured the men he was clean and when they insisted on a condom, he deliberately sabotaged the condom.
‘Many of them were sent abusive and mocking messages,’ she told the court.
Judge Christine Hensen granted all victims the right to lifelong anonymity. She also gave the option to give evidence from behind a screen, so that they won’t have to face Rowe in court.
The trial is due to last six weeks.