‘HIV hairdresser told victim ‘I’m riddled”

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Image caption Daryll Rowe met his partners on dating app Grindr, jurors at Lewes Crown Court were told

A hairdresser accused of deliberately infecting other men with HIV told one victim he was “riddled” with the virus after they had sex, a court heard.

Daryll Rowe, 26, denies infecting five Brighton-based men, and attempting to infect a further five.

Giving evidence at Lewes Crown Court, a 22-year-old student said he met Mr Rowe via a dating app in January 2016.

He said he started “freaking out” when he found a broken condom in the bathroom after they had sex.

In a video recording of a police interview shown to the jury, the man said he was in pain after having sex with Mr Rowe and was later given anti-viral drugs to prevent him contracting HIV as well as treatment for genital herpes.

‘Overdramatic fool’

During the interview, the man said: “I remember not really enjoying it. There were moments when I was like, I want to get up and go.

“Afterwards I went to the toilet and the condom was on the sink and I noticed that it… was completely broken. Like the whole top of it was off.”

A series of text messages read to the court, the university student repeatedly asked Mr Rowe whether he had HIV.

In response Mr Rowe is alleged to have said: “Yes, I’m riddled by the way”.

Later, Mr Rowe branded the man a “paranoid, overdramatic fool”, before saying he would be blocking the number, the court heard.

The student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, contacted police after seeing a witness appeal for information about a man he thought was Mr Rowe.

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