Kaha Miah of Forest Gate was sentenced to nine years’ detention in a Young Offenders’ Institution at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to an acid attack on two men in Blackwall Way.
21-year-old Miah admitted two counts of applying a corrosive fluid with intent. A 16-year-old Newham boy was previously found guilty for the same attack after a trial in October and given six years’ detention
The two victims were visiting friends when they saw Miah and others damaging a number of vehicles including their own cars.
They confronted them outside Nisa Supermarket on Virginia Quay.
Sulphuric acid thrown in faces
At this point the 16-year-old took a bottle of sulphuric acid out of his bag, unscrewed the top and passed it to Miah.
Miah unscrewed the bottle further and threw the sulphuric acid into the faces of the two victims.
The first victim suffered burns to his face and shoulder and was so strong that it melted his top.
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.
Victims found by Tower Hamlets officers
Unable to get back into to their home and suffering from extremely painful burns, the victims were found by patrolling officers from Tower Hamlets who were responding to the multiple 999 calls who administered first aid and called for medical assistance.
London Ambulance Service took the two men to an east London hospital before they were transferred to Moorfield Eye Hospital.
Both victims suffered life-changing injuries as a result of significant scarring and continue to suffer psychologically.
“I am acutely aware of the devastating impact that attacks of this nature have upon victims. The sentence received reinforces the police view that any incident of this nature, or any possession of these type of substances will be investigated thoroughly,” said DS Richard Lewsley, investigation officer from Tower Hamlets CID.
“These substances can, and unfortunately are, used in the commission of crimes which have a huge and lasting impact on victims.”
The 16-year-old was arrested on the day of the assault by Tower Hamlets officers, Miah gave himself up at Bethnal Green police station following arrest enquiries at his home address.
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