( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2016-12-26 08:17:03 )
Man charged in relation to Brighton HIV investigation
Police investigating allegations that men were deliberately infected with HIV have now charged a man, Daryll Rowe.
Daryll Rowe, 26, and of no fixed address was arrested in Brighton earlier this year. He failed to answer bail on Friday (November 18).
He was arrested in Wallsend, North Tyneside by Northumbria Police on Friday (December 23) after joint working by Northumbria Police, Police Scotland and Sussex Police.
He has now been charged with eight counts of causing grievous bodily harm and one count of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.
Anyone who thinks they may have had a sexual encounter with this man is urged to come forward and anyone with concerns is encouraged to contact their local sexual health services.
Rowe has been remanded in custody to appear in Newcastle Crown Court on Monday (December 26).
It is understood he worked as a hairdresser, and has been accused of deliberately infecting male lovers with HIV.
Cops had been hunting Daryll Rowe after he failed to appear at court
A public health warning was issued by Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council, where there is a large gay community.
Officials urged anyone who may have had sex with Rowe between October last year and February to seek health advice.
Police did not go really public with information, in spite of the seriousness of the matter, and he was released on bail by the Sussex force until April 5 before being re-bailed twice, until May and then until November.
A search was launched after he disappeared, with Sussex Police saying they were “pursuing all lines of inquiry”. A spokesman said: “Police officers are looking for a 26-year-old man, who was arrested in Brighton on suspicion of deliberately infecting men with HIV in February this year, after he failed to answer bail on Friday.
“A warrant is not necessary for him to be arrested when found. We are actively working with other police forces to locate him.
“Anyone who is concerned by the allegations can seek health advice and speak to us.”
Rowe is listed as being of no fixed address.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “It would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing case.”
At the time of Rowe’s arrest, two potential victims had spoken to police.
Another man came forward after the public appeal.