Hairdresser in HIV infection case awaits jury verdict

The jury in the case of a hairdresser accused of deliberately trying to infect his male lovers with HIV has retired to consider its verdict.

The panel of seven women and five men left the Lewes Crown Court room at 2.35pm this afternoon.

They are tasked with deciding whether Daryll Rowe is guilty or not guilty of 10 charges - five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and five counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

For the past five weeks, the 27-year-old, originally from Edinburgh, has been standing trial after denying allegations he deliberately tried to infect 10 men he met on gay dating app Grindr with the virus by having unprotected sex or by tampering with condoms.

The court heard he moved to Brighton, East Sussex, where he met eight of his alleged victims, shortly after being diagnosed with the virus in Edinburgh in April 2015.

Summing up as she sent the jury out, Judge Christine Henson QC reminded the 12 of their obligation to seek unanimous verdicts on the charges and that they were under no pressure as to how long they took to arrive at their decision.


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