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Canning Town acid attacker John Tomlin jailed for 16 years

Acid attacker John Tomlin has been jailed for 16 years for throwing acid through a car window at two people in east London last June.

The 25-year-old from Canning Town had pleaded guilty to two counts of grevious bodily harm with intent.

The court heard how Tomlin had got into an argument with Jameel Muhktar and when he return to his car, Tomlin threw the corrosive substance through the car’s passenger window.

The majority of the substance hit 21-year-old Resham Khan who was sitting in the passenger seat.

As Muhktar tried to drive off, Tomlin ran around the car and threw more of the substance through the driver’s window.

He was temporarily blinded by the liquid, but kept driving and eventually crashed a short distance away.

The acid melted the victims’ skin and clothes, as well as the vehicle’s seats and dashboard.

After a manhunt, Tomlin handed himself into police and was eventually charged with two counts of causing GBH with intent.

He was sentenced to 16 years and the Judge ordered that he serve at minimum of two thirds of the sentence before release.

Detective Sergeant Dion Brown, from Newham CID, said: “This was a vicious attack, which has left two victims with substantial injuries that will stay with them for life. Both victims still require treatment for the burns they suffered that day and my thoughts are with them as they continue their recovery.

“Although the bottle Tomlin used to carry the substance was never found, testing on some of the liquid recovered from the crime scene showed it was a strong acid, equivalent to hydrochloric acid.

“I am glad Tomlin accepted his responsibility for the attack and spared his victims having to relive that terrible ordeal at court. Acid attacks can inflict terrible, disfiguring injuries and cause excruciating pain. Those who cause such injuries can expect severe consequences when they are brought to justice.

“That is why the sentence today reflects the extreme seriousness of this crime.”

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