TOWIE STAR’S EX ‘THREW ACID ACROSS NIGHT­CLUB DANCE FLOOR’ 17 in­jured after at­tack, court told

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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.”

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