Trio jailed for Upton Park acid attack on mum
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Three men have been jailed for a total of 44 years for an acid attack on a mother as she picked up her children from school.
They were found guilty of hatching an acid plot that left the woman suffering horrendous burns to her face and body.
After a six week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, a jury found all three defendants guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and throwing corrosive fluid on another with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Yannick Ntesa, 25, of Great Western Road, west London, and Ahad Miah, 31, of no fixed address, were jailed for 14 years each.
Abdul Motin, 28, of Dagobert House, Whitechapel was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment.
The 44-year-old victim was targeted on March 24 2011 in Harold Road, Upton Park as she collected her children from nearby Upton Cross Primary School.
Acid was poured over her head as she walked the short distance home from the school with her six-year-old twin sons.
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Her attacker had been driven to the scene with his accomplices and one witness described him as laughing as he poured acid over her head burning her clothes and body in addition to her son’s school satchels and a witness who suffered minor injuries and her daughter’s anorak which was burnt by the acid.
She instantly felt a burning sensation across her face, scalp, chest and back. She fled to a neighbour’s house where she was assisted by friends and two female police officers before being removed to the Royal London Hospital and subsequently transferred to a specialist burns hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. She spent nearly three weeks at the specialist unit.
She suffered 16 per cent full depth chemical burns for which she still receives treatment and describes living every day in discomfort.
Detective Inspector John Reynolds, of Newham CID, said: “This was a truly shocking attack on a mother who had her two very young children with her at the time. It was only by chance that those children were not seriously injured. They did however suffer terrible shock from seeing their own mother so horrifically assaulted.
“The victim in this case is entirely innocent but will now spend the rest of her life having to adjust to the severe disfigurement inflicted on her.
“This sentencing demonstrates just how seriously the Met police and the courts treat such incidents. Those responsible have been bought to justice and we can only hope it brings some small comfort to the victim.”