TOWIE STAR’S EX ‘THREW ACID ACROSS NIGHTCLUB DANCE FLOOR’ 17 injured after attack, court told
TOWIE star Ferne McCann’s ex-boyfriend had acid in his car a week before he threw corrosive liquid in a crowded nightclub, injuring 17 people, a court has heard.
Arthur Collins, 25, is accused of hurling acid across the dance floor at the packed Love Juice event at the Mangle nightclub in Hackney over the Easter weekend.
Collins admits throwing the liquid but claims he didn’t know it was acid.
But the trial was told he had warned his sister that he had a container of acid in his car a week before the incident.
When police were searching for Collins in the days after the attack, a mobile telephone was seized from his sister, jurors heard. ON TRIAL: Arthur Collins before throwing it three times across the dance floor – with the prosecution claiming he then started “panicking” and tried to make his friend Andre Phoenix look like a victim.
The Wood Green Crown Court heard Mr Collins tried to get an acquaintance at the club to take a photo of Phoenix’s face.
Prosecutor Luke Ponte said: “It might be useful to Mr Collins to have a photo of his friend looking like a victim, rather than an attacker.”