Mr Daryll Rowe, 26 years old, from Edinburgh, Scotland is accused of having knowingly infected 4 men he encountered via the gay dating app Grindr with HIV and then mocking them via text afterwards.
The victims all tested positive for HIV after the facts occurred, with a strain similar to that of Mr Rowe.
Psychologists have explained that Mr Rowe could have done this to act out his anger at the world for contracting the deadly virus in the first place.
Mr Rowe infected the others by cutting the tip off the condom that he would put on before engaging in sex.
The public prosecutor, Ms Caroline Carberry, told Lewes Crown Court that Mr Rowe had been diagnosed with HIV in Edinburgh in April 2015: “With full knowledge, putting others at risk, he embarked on what was a cynical and deliberate campaign to infect other men with the HIV virus. Unfortunately for some of the men he met, his campaign was successful. He had numerous, casual sexual relationships with men he met via Grindr. He deceived each of those men into believing he was HIV-negative. He reassured the men he was clean and when they insisted on a condom, he deliberately sabotaged the condom.”
The next day, he sent a text to one of his victims: “Maybe you have the fever cos I came inside you and I have HIV, lol. Whoops!”
Mr Carberry stated that one of the victims had even specifically asked Mr Rowe about being HIV positive when he saw the broken condom, which he denied: “He was extremely concerned and upset about this and repeatedly asked Daryll Rowe whether he was clean, which he said he was. That condom did not split accidentally.”
After being accused by many different men, he fled the area to live in Wallsend, some 350 miles away, under a fake name.