Acid hell thug will be jailed
Telly star’s ex guilty of club assault
TOWIE beauty Ferne McCann’s ex-boyfriend is facing years behind bars for an acid attack in a packed nightclub.
Arthur Collins, 25, was found guilty yesterday over the incident which left 16 people with serious burns.
THE ex-boyfriend of Ferne McCann is facing years behind bars for a horrific acid attack.
Arthur Collins was yesterday found guilty of injuring 22 people in one of the worst incidents of its kind.
The dad of the Towie star’s newborn daughter was celebrating her pregnancy at the time of the assault.
Among the victims, 16 suffered chemical burns and three said they were temporarily blinded.
The attack is thought to have been part of a feud that spilled over into the Mangle E8 club in Dalston, east London. Ciro D’Alessio, prosecuting, described it as a “gangland war that has unfortunately drawn members of the public into it”.
CCTV footage played in court showed clubbers clutching their faces and running off the dancefloor to pour water on their burning skin.
The substance was found to have a rating of pH1, the strongest and similar to battery acid.
Victims described how their skin began “blistering straight away”. They also complained of the mental strain they suffered.
Sophie Hall said her “face was ruined”, while model Isobella Fraser said she was now “really worried” about her career.
Phoebe Georgiou, 23, told jurors she needed therapy after suffering burns to her chest and arms.
Speaking from behind a screen, she said: “Now I have a life sentence to deal with, with scars and mental injuries. “I’m dealing with such bad anxiety, panic attacks and sleep paralysis.”
Lauren Trent was celebrating her 22nd birthday with friends at the time. She said: “It was like when you open a can of coke, you hear this sissing, hissing sound, like an aerosol. “The liquid touched my neck and it instantly started burning and my skin was coming off in my hands.” Collins had admitted throwing a liquid, but claimed it was a date rape drug he was getting rid of after snatching it from two men.
However, he had texted his sister the week before, warning her he had acid in his car.
After the attack, he went on the run for six days, before being caught by police at a house in Northamptonshire.
Because he went on the run, Collins was forced to wear “unusual clothing” throughout his trial so he could be spotted if he broke free.
After the arrest, police found a cannabis farm at his home, along with weapons including a Taser and two cans of CS gas.
Collins was found guilty of five counts of GBH with intent, and nine of ABH.
Judge Noel Lucas QC set a sentencing date of December 19, and described the matter as “very serious”.
He told Wood Green Crown Court: “There’s no sentence to be passed except for a very significant one.”
A cage fighter accused of helping Collins was cleared of all charges. Andre Phoenix, 21, stepped in to try to stop the attack.
GUILTY: Attacker Collins
WORRIED: Model Isobella
RUINED: Sophie before the attack
THERAPY: Phoebe bandaged up
INJURED: Lauren and her scars
®Ê HUNK TO THUG: Collins with Ferne. Below, her with their baby and Collins at the club