Search

Victim of Beckton acid attacker John Tomlin says he ‘deserved the death penalty’

PUBLISHED: 15:34 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 20 April 2018

Jameel Muhktar with family members outside Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: Tom Horton

Jameel Muhktar with family members outside Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: Tom Horton

Tom Horton

One of the victims of acid attacker John Tomlin has refused to forgive him, saying he “deserves the death penalty”.

Victim Jameel Muhktar outside Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: Rachael Burnett/PA Wire Victim Jameel Muhktar outside Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: Rachael Burnett/PA Wire

Speaking outside court today after Tomlin was sentenced to 16 years in prison, Jameel Muhktar branded Tomlin an “animal” and a “coward”.

“The sentence isn’t long enough, my life is finished,” he said.

“I’m in continuous pain, I can’t sleep and I can’t eat. He should have been given life, he should have done the whole of his life in prison.

“If this was in America he could have been given the death penalty, that’s what he deserves.”

One of two acid attack victims Resham Khan (centre) with her mother Yasmin Khan and DC Paul Newton outside Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: Rachael Burnett/PA Wire One of two acid attack victims Resham Khan (centre) with her mother Yasmin Khan and DC Paul Newton outside Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: Rachael Burnett/PA Wire

Mr Muhktar said seeing Tomlin in the dock “angered” him.

He added: “It’s the first time I’ve seen him worried, he was like a child, a baby, like a little girl, he deserves that.”

When asked about the rising number of acid attacks, he said: “Something needs to be done about this, I don’t feel this was a strong enough sentence. This will carry on now.”

His cousin, Resham Khan, thanked the medical staff and police who have helped her.

She said: “I don’t think this is about name calling, I think it’s about setting myself aside from other types of people in life.

“I hope to push through and get on as if it never happened.”

DC Paul Newton, who has been working with the victims, said: “This was a horrific incident that took place on Resham’s 21st birthday.

“We would like to give our thanks to those who did come out to make sure they were getting doused in water, their injuries could have been far worse.”

Related articles

Latest Newham Stories

10 minutes ago

A brand new book ‘Essex County Cricket Club Memories’ has been released to bring back the greatest memories of the county side after they were crowned champions of the County Championship last season.

Ravi Bopara

The 17-year-old caught the eye for Heybridge Swifts and Leatherhead last season and has agreed a two-year contract with O’s

Justin Edinburgh

London Lions saw their hopes of landing the BBL play-off Championship title shattered by Leicester Riders at the O2 Arena on Sunday.

LIONS

A charity match in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and East Hertfordshire Mind Network is taking place at Brisbane Road on Sunday

Dean Cox

East Ham MP Stephen Timms met scouts on Wednesday during a visit to Parliament.

Stephen Timms

It’s the time of the year that every teenager - and their parents - dread: GCSE exams.

barking
Yesterday, 19:00

Royal London One-Day Cup South Group: Essex 303-6 lost to Hampshire 304-4 by six wickets

Ravi Bopara
Yesterday, 17:00

Newham & Essex Beagles’ Finette Agyapong believes she is ready to mix with the cream of the crop of British women sprinters, writes Ziad Chaudry.

Germany

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now