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Gay man accused of infecting lovers with HIV ‘pressured man into bareback sex’

Gay man accused of infecting lovers with HIV ‘pressured man into bareback sex’

Darryll Rowe accused of pressuring someone into bareback sex

A man who says he was deliberately infected with HIV by gay man says he felt ‘pressured’ into having bareback sex, a court has been told.

The Brighton based hairdresser Daryll Rowe is facing accusations of hiding his HIV status. Furthermore it’s alleged he insisted on having unprotected bareback sex with his lovers.

Today, in a video statement to Lewes Crown Court, one man says he thought he was starting a relationship with Rowe.

The alleged victim told the court about a time they had bareback sex outdoors:

‘He was huffing and puffing and saying “you need to do it if we’re going to be together”.’ Adding, ‘I felt like we had to do it. So we did.’

The jury was told the unprotected sex was interrupted by a passing cyclist. After, Rowe was hoping they’d continue, but the alleged victim stopped him.

Later he received a cruel text from Rowe saying: ‘Maybe you have the fever… I have HIV LOL.’

Rowe denies infecting four men with the virus and attempting to infect a further six men.

Mocking text messages

The 26-year-old Rowe, originally from Edinburgh, sent crass messages to other alleged victims too.

Caroline Carberry QC, prosecuting, told Lewes Crown Court ‘Many of them were sent abusive and mocking messages’

The continuing trial also heard how Rowe text another alleged victim: ‘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.’

The continuing case has also heard how Rowe deliberately infected at least four men with HIV, before sending them mocking text messages revealing his status.

Prosecutors in the case said Rowe was on ‘a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with HIV.’

Rowe was diagnosed with HIV in Edinburgh in April 2015.

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.

Gay man ‘deliberately infects’ lovers with HIV, then sends text saying ‘lol whoops!’