Vic­tim tells of acid pain, hor­ror

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

A DE­LIV­ERY driver doused with cor­ro­sive liq­uid dur­ing an acid at­tack spree in Lon­don has de­scribed how his face felt like it was on fire.

Jabed Hus­sain, 32, had his moped stolen when two teenage sus­pects, who were also rid­ing a moped, sprayed him with liq­uid in East Lon­don on Fri­day night.

The two teens, aged 15 and 16, re­main in cus­tody on sus­pi­cion of rob­bery and griev­ous bod­ily harm af­ter the spate of as­saults, which took place over a 90-minute pe­riod.

Five sep­a­rate male vic­tims were al­legedly tar­geted by two moped-rid­ing at­tack­ers in the north and the east of the cap­i­tal.

Mr Hus­sain told Sky News he was the vic­tim of the night’s first at­tack around 10.25pm at traf­fic lights on Hack­ney Rd.

“I heard the sound of wa­ter, like a glass of wa­ter, come on to my face. I didn’t re­alise it was a kind of acid or any­thing,” he said.

“I left my bike, I ran, I don’t know how I man­aged to run. I was just beg­ging for the wa­ter be­cause at that time it was burn­ing on my face.

“Then I started scream­ing. I felt like some­body put fire on my face, on the left-hand side.”

He was taken to an East Lon­don hospi­tal, and his in­juries are not be­ing treated as lifethreat­en­ing or life-chang­ing.

Chief In­spec­tor Ben Clark, from Hack­ney bor­ough, said all of the vic­tims were rid­ing mopeds.

Both UberEats and De­liv­eroo, two take­away de­liv­ery com­pa­nies, con­firmed one of their em­ploy­ees was among those at­tacked.

The as­saults were branded “truly shock­ing” by De­liv­eroo, while UberEats called it “hor­rific and sense­less”.

Po­lice said the 15-year-old was ar­rested yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Later, the 16-year-old was ar­rested af­ter he was iden­ti­fied near the scene of the of­fences by lo­cal au­thor­ity CCTV op­er­a­tors.

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