Two teenagers jailed over east London acid attack

Kaha Miah, 20.

Two teenagers have been jailed for 15 years for carrying out an acid attack in east London which left two men with serious injuries.

Kaha Miah, 20, from Forest Gate admitted to two counts of applying a corrosive fluid with intent.

He was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday to nine years detention in a Young Offenders’ Institution for each count to run concurrently.

A 16-year-old boy from Newham was convicted after a trial in October of two counts of applying a corrosive fluid with intent and having an offensive weapon.

He was given six years detention in a Young Offenders’ Institution for each count to run concurrently.

The two attackers left their victims with life-changing injuries after throwing sulphuric acid in their faces for challenging them for throwing a traffic cone at their car.

The first victim suffered burns to his face and shoulder with the acid being so strong that it melted his top he was wearing.

The second man lost 20 per cent of his vision as well as leaving severe facial burns after the acid was thrown in his eye.

Both victims were staying at Neutron Towers on Blackwall Way with friends on 20 March 2016, and noticed from the 11th floor that a group of youths were jumping and kicking the cars outside, including their own.

One victim went to confront the youths but his friend feared for his safety and went with him.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was caught on CCTV removing a bottle from his bag and passing it to Miah who said “have some acid” before throwing it at the two men.

Nicholas Coates from Crown Prosecution Service in London said: “Both defendants knew that the bottle contained sulphuric acid and the extreme damage it would cause if it was thrown.

“Both victims have been scarred for life with serious physical and psychological injuries.

“When people use acid as a weapon, the CPS will work with the police to present a strong case in court, to make sure offenders face the consequences of their crime.”

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