Part­ner of fraud­ster’s friend is al­most blinded and child hurt in at­tack at home

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - ■ Nor­man Sil­vester and Alan McEwen

A mum was al­most blinded in a hor­rific acid at­tack on her doorstep by a masked man.

Theresa McCann, 37, suf­fered burns to her face, neck and arms after she an­swered the door of her home on Fri­day night.

The hooded at­tacker ran off after throw­ing the acid in her face and is thought to have es­caped in a get­away car.

A young boy is said to have suf­fered burns to his feet after stand­ing in some of the liq­uid which had spilled on to the floor.

The ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened at Theresa’s home in Cap­tains Road in Ed­in­burgh’s Grace­mount area.

She is thought to live there with her busi­ness­man part­ner Thomas Tams.

Tams is an as­so­ciate of con­victed fraud­ster Robert Kel­bie, who has been in­volved in a feud with jailed drug baron Mark Richard­son.

Po­lice Scot­land say the as­sault hap­pened shortly after 8.30pm. Sources say Tams rushed Theresa to the bath­room to try to wash off the acid then cal led an am­bu­lance.

The in­jured boy is be­lieved to be Tams’ son.

Both Theresa and the child were taken to St Johns Hos­pi­tal in Liv­ingston, which has a spe­cialised burns unit, and de­tained overnight for treat­ment.

The fami ly could not be con­tacted yes­ter­day.

How­ever, a fam­ily friend said: “Theresa was left in agony with burns on her neck, arms and face.

“Thomas is up­set and an­gry that some­one could do this to his part­ner.

“Peo­ple are al­ready out try­ing to iden­tify who­ever did this. After car­ry­ing out a sick at­tack like this on a woman, they’d be bet­ter off in po­lice cus­tody.”

Last night, the bun­ga­low was sealed off by po­lice to al­low foren­sic ex­perts to ex­am­ine the area.

Stain­ing from the acid could clearly be seen on the doorstep.

Po­lice de­scribed the at­tacker as early 20s, 5ft 11in, slim build, wear ing a dark coloured track­suit, grey hooded top, gloves, and train­ers with light re­flec­tive sec­tions.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ste­vie Rosie added: “We’re still work­ing to es­tabl i sh the mo­tive sur round­ing this at­tack. How­ever, we be­lieve this to be a tar­geted at­tack.

“Po­lice are sup­port­ing the vic­tim, who has sus­tained some very se­ri­ous in­juries to her face and neck . Any­one who recog­nises him, or who has any other in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to this in­ves­ti­ga­tion should con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately.”

In 2010, Kel­bie, who was con­victed of mort­gage fraud in 2013, was shot twice in the car park of a health club in Newcraighall, Ed­in­burgh.

Kel­bie, 34, was then forced to f lee his home in the cap­i­tal’s Ratho Sta­tion in 2016 after it was shot at for a sec­ond time.

Gun­man Ger­ard Docherty, 42, was jailed in Jan­uary for 10-anda-half years for the at­tack.

Docherty was part of a nine­man or­gan­ised crime group who got 87 years at the High Court in Glas­gow.

ACID BURNS Theresa re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal after the hor­rific at­tack DRAMA Theresa’s swollen face. Part­ner Thomas is a pal of Robert Kel­bie, be­low

SCENE The Ed­in­burgh bun­ga­low where at­tack took place

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