Man charged with deliberately spreading HIV lost an appeal

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Daryll Rowe, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for deliberately infecting 5 men with HIV has lost an appeal against the sentence. Rowe, 28, of Brighton, was jailed handed a minimum jail sentence of 12 years in April. Judges at the Court of Appeal turned down his case, ruling that the grounds for challenging his conviction were “unarguable,” reports BBC. The hairdresser, who met many of his victims on Grindr, became the first person in the UK to be convicted for deliberately infecting people with the virus. He was found guilty of intentionally infecting five men with HIV and attempting to give five other men the virus between October 2015 and December 2016. The court heard how he insisted on unprotected sex with his partners and if they refused, he just sabotaged the contraception.During the trial, prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC described his crimes as “a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with HIV.” People with HIV who take appropriate medication have an undetectable viral load and cannot infect others, but Rowe refused to do it.

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