Man jailed for un­pro­voked acid at­tack on strangers

The Daily Telegraph - - News - Yo­hannes Lowe

AN ASPIRING model has re­vealed that she tried to take her own life eight times af­ter a stranger threw acid in her face on her 21st birth­day.

Re­sham Khan told Snares­brook Crown Court that she has had suicidal thoughts since the in­ci­dent and had taken eight over­doses, say­ing: “My face was taken away from me”. John Tom­lin, 25, ad­mit­ted caus­ing Ms Khan and Jameel Muhk­tar, her cousin, griev­ous bod­ily harm in the un­pro­voked at­tack on June 21, 2017.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred when the pair were cel­e­brat­ing Ms Khan’s 21st birth­day in Beck­ton, East Lon­don. Tom­lin had been ar­gu­ing with Mr Muhk­tar on the pave­ment and fol­lowed their car as they tried to es­cape him. Har­row­ing CCTV footage showed Tom­lin throw­ing acid through both front win­dows of the Re­nault Clio be­fore emp­ty­ing a bot­tle of the sub­stance over Mr Muhk­tar.

Ms Khan, a Manchester Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity stu­dent, was left with se­ri­ous face and neck in­juries and suf­fered dam­age to her left eye. Mr Muhk­tar, 37, was placed in an in­duced coma and was left with per­ma­nent scar­ring to his head, hear­ing loss and psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems.

Judge Shee­lagh Cana­van said the cousins had “no pre­vi­ous deal­ings” with the at­tacker and called the as­sault “some­what ran­dom”. She told Tom­lin: “No sen­tence I im­pose can ever give back to the vic­tims what you took from them on June 21. The court can only hope that in time and with help they can be­gin to put the con­se­quences of your un­pro­voked at­tack be­hind them.”

Both vic­tims were in court as Tom­lin, who re­mained emo­tion­less through­out, was jailed for 16 years.

Af­ter­wards, Ms Khan said: “No mat­ter what his sen­tence may be, these in­juries will af­fect me for the rest of my life.”

Re­sham Khan leaves court yes­ter­day, hav­ing seen John Tom­lin, above, jailed for 16 years for at­tack­ing her with acid

‘No sen­tence I im­pose can ever give back to the vic­tims what you took from them on June 21’

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