Acid attack victims tried to take their lives following horrific injuries

Details of the pair's injuries were given during the sentencing of John Tomlin (stock image)

Details of the pair's injuries were given during the sentencing of John Tomlin (stock image)

Friday, April 20, 2018

An aspiring model and her cousin have both tried to take their own lives after they were doused with acid through a car window.

Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar suffered horrific injuries to their faces and bodies in the assault on Ms Khan's 21st birthday in Beckton, east London.

Details of their injuries were given during the sentencing of John Tomlin, 25, at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

Both victims read statements to the court and were supported by their families.

Ms Khan broke down in tears as she described the devastating impact the attack has had on her life.

She will carry lifelong scars to her face, particularly her eyes, and has suffered from severe depression and anxiety as a result of the attack.

She said she was "extremely happy, confident and my self esteem was high" but has since tried to take her own life a number of times.

"I had so many plans for the future including to start a business and interviews for jobs," she added.

"It is upsetting to see my cousin affected by this - he threw water on me rather than himself which made his injuries worse."

She continued: "My 21st birthday turned into a day where my face was taken away from me.

"I have been looking at myself in the mirror it upsets me, it brings back the incident on the day, it doesn't look like me.

"No matter what his sentence may be, these injuries will affect me for the rest of my life."

Mr Muhktar has permanent scarring to his head, neck and body and lost hearing in one of his ears.

He also suffers from depression and said he has tried to take his own life.

Tomlin sat in the dock wearing a blue tracksuit and large silver crucifix and showed no emotion.