Father guilty of plotting acid attack on 3-year-old son

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

A father has been found guilty of orchestrating an acid attack on his three-year-old son during a custody battle with the child's mother.

The parent and five other men were convicted by a jury for conspiring to throw sulphuric acid with intent to "burn, maim or disfigure" the child in an attack inside a branch of Home Bargains in July 2018.

Jurors heard how the boy, who cannot be identified due to his age, suffered serious injuries to his face and arm, and screamed "I hurt" after the acid was thrown.

The father enlisted the help of others to carry out the attack

The Crown alleged that the father, upset after his wife had walked out on him in 2016, enlisted others to attack his son in a bid to win more contact with the child, by showing that his mother was unfit to care for him.

Jurors deliberated for nine hours before convicting the father, from Wolverhampton but originally from Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

Jurors also convicted co-conspirators Adam Cech, Jan Dudi, Norbert Pulko, Jabar Paktia, and Saied Hussini of plotting to spray sulphuric acid on the boy with intent to cause harm.

The jury are still deliberating on a seventh defendant, Martina Badiova, who is accused of the same offence.

The boy has since made a "good recovery" and is living with his mother.