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Pair who threw acid in victims' faces jailed

01/11/2017

A pair who threw sulphuric acid in the faces of two men who challenged them over anti-social behaviour have been jailed today (1 November) at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Kaha Miah, 20, and a 16-year-old attacked their victims in West India Quay, Tower Hamlets, on 19 March 2016, inflicting life-changing injuries.

Miah was given nine years' detention in a Young Offender Institution and the teenager received a total of six years' detention in a Young Offender Institution.

They launched their assault after the two victims confronted them when they witnessed a group kicking and throwing a traffic cone at their parked car.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was caught on CCTV removing a bottle from his bag and passing it to his accomplice.

Miah then said: "Have some acid", and threw the contents at the two men.

The first victim suffered burns to his face and shoulder. The acid was so strong that it melted his top he was wearing.

The second victim was hit in the eye causing him to lose 20 per cent of his vision as well as leaving severe facial burns.

Nicholas Coates from CPS London said: "Both defendants knew that the bottle contained sulphuric acid and the extreme damage it would cause if it was thrown.

"The victims have been scarred for life with serious physical and psychological injuries.

"When people use acid as a weapon, the CPS will work with the police to present a strong case in court, to make sure offenders face the consequences of their crime."

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Notes to Editors

  1. Kaha Miah [23/11/1996] of Odessa Road, Forest Gate, Newham, admitted two counts of applying a corrosive fluid with intent
  2. The 16-year-old, from Newham, was convicted after a trial in October of two counts of applying a corrosive fluid with intent and having an offensive weapon
  3. Nicholas Coates is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North
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