Man jailed for Newham 'acid attack'

Jailed: John Tomlin

Jailed: John Tomlin

Friday, April 20, 2018

A man who inflicted horrific burns on two people after throwing a corrosive substance at them has been jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

John Tomlin, 25, was sentenced on Friday (April 20) having previously pleaded guilty to two offences of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

Tomlin was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment, to run concurrently, for each offence, with an additional four year extended licence. The Judge ordered that he serve at least two thirds of his sentence before release.

The court heard how, in June 2017, Tomlin had got into an argument with a 37-year-old man.

The argument had started on the pavement and when the man returned to his car, Tomlin approached and threw a corrosive substance at him through the open passenger window. Most of the liquid, however, hit the 21-year-old woman who was in that seat.

Tomlin threw more of the substance through the driver's window onto the driver, who was temporarily blinded by it.

The substance was so strong that it melted the victims' skin and clothes where it struck, as well as parts of the car's seats and dashboard.

Both victims suffered extensive burns to their faces and bodies, have required plastic surgery and are still being treated for their injuries.

Detective Sergeant Dion Brown 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.

"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."