HIV Hairdresser 'was A Control Freak'
A hairdresser accused of intentionally infecting his lovers with HIV has been described as a jealous “control freak”, a court heard.
Darryll Rowe, 26, denies infecting four Brighton-based men with the virus, and attempting to give it to a further six.
A farther charge of purposely infecting a fifth man has been added following farther proof earlier. Mr Rowe also denies this charge.
Doctors said the complainant has a strain of HIV similar to Mr Rowe’s.
Giving evidence the alleged victim, an air steward, said he met Mr Rowe on the dating app Grindr, and invited Mr Rowe to his home.
After initially take precautions, the complainant said Mr Rowe was adamant he was free of STIs and “was really insistent that he wanted to have unprotected sex”.
“I stupidly took his word for it, ” he added.
Mr Rowe stayed with the man and they had unprotected sexuality repeatedly over the next two days.
However, Mr Rowe became controlling and jealous, storming out of the flat after the complainant spent too long chatting to his flat mate, the court heard.
Mr Row afterwards sent abusive messages and the complainant blocked him from social platforms, the jury was told.
The air steward and another complainant both said they only got tested for HIV after being alerted to posts from police urging any homosexual men who had slept with a young Scottish man in the Brighton area to seek medical advice.
Earlier, the court heard one other complainant told police officers he felt Mr Rowe forced him into rough sex and intentionally injured him internally to have a better opportunity of transmitting the virus.
He suffered HIV symptoms, including severe weight loss, aches and shivers and said Mr Rowe was initially “really nice”, dedicating him baths and massages.
However, he said he soon felt “trapped” and that Mr Rowe was a “bit of a control freak”.
When the man returned to their own families, Mr Rowe became abusive, special courts heard.
He texted to say: “You haven’t text me the working day … We should think about ending this … No one will ever love you.”
The trial continues.