Warning: Some disturbing images. A supermarket worker who suffered horrific facial burns today said tougher sentences were necessary to deter teenagers from carrying acid.
Musa Miah, 24, had to undergo a series of skin grafts and was so shocked by his injuries he did not step outside of his house for six months.
He still wears a plastic face-mask 22 hours a day to aid his skin graft.
Mr Miah and a friend were doused with concentrated sulphuric acid from a bottle of Appletise when the pair confronted youths vandalising a BMW in East India Dock.
At Snaresbrook Crown Court Kaha Miah, 20, from Forest Gate, admitted applying a corrosive substance with intent. He was sentenced to nine years in a young offenders institution.
A 16-year-old, who cannot be named, was found guilty of applying a corrosive fluid with intent and having an offensive weapon and sentenced to six years.
Following the verdicts Musa told the Standard: “I think they should have been given a life sentence.
“No one should carry around acid and throw it at people, it’s just wrong.
“If they don’t make the sentencing stronger, then people will carry it around. Six to nine years isn’t that long. It doesn’t seem fair.
“When I take my wife to the hospital it brings memories back, that hospital smell.”
“If I need to drive to east London and see my family, I’ll keep my car doors locked.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a review of sentencing guidelines and measures to criminalise selling acid to under-18s with prosecutors told to bring even tougher charges, carrying a maximum life sentence, against those who throw acid.
Detective Sergeant Richard Lewsley said: “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.
“I would urge anyone carrying or considering carrying a noxious substance to reflect upon the sentence received.”
Source: Evening Standard