Footage of Daryll Rowe, the man convicted of infecting sexual partners with HIV, being questioned by UK police has been released.
The Sussex Police recording shows Rowe misleading law enforcement agents about his current HIV status. In the video, Rowe declares that as of his last test he was HIV-negative.
Rowe, a hairdresser from Scotland, was tried and found guilty of knowingly infecting four sexual partners with HIV and attempting to infect another six men.
Sussex Police have uploaded the CCTV footage below to YouTube under caution, reports Pink News.
The footage is dated February 5, 2016, however, it has since been revealed that Rowe was diagnosed with HIV in April 2015 while he was living in Edinburgh.
It was also heard in court that he had told sexual partners that he was HIV-positive after having unprotected sex with them, allegedly texting one victim: “I came inside you and I have HIV, lol. Whoops!”
Sussex Police Detective Inspector Andy Wolstenholme called Rowe a “dangerous man” before indicating that the court’s verdict “will bring some closure to the victims who have been very strong through the investigation.”
Medical professionals revealed that Rowe appeared to be dealing with the diagnosis well, however they became concerned when he would not take anti-retroviral drugs to treat HIV.
Modern anti-retroviral treatment (ART) can reduce the viral load in HIV-positive people to such an extent that it becomes undetectable, which prevents the virus from being transmitted during sex.
“He was warned he could be prosecuted for passing [the virus] on or even putting someone at risk of contracting HIV from him,” the prosecutors told the court.
Rowe thought he was able to become HIV-negative by eating vegan and drinking his own urine, the court heard.
Rowe was found unanimously guilty of three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and one attempt at causing grievous bodily harm.
On each of the other six counts brought against Rowe, the jury returned a majority verdict of eleven to one.
The sentencing of Rowe has been adjourned until January 29, 2018, to facilitate the preparation of a psychiatric report.
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