Acid at­tacker was mur­derer freed from jail

Shop­pers watched on in hor­ror

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A killer con­victed of a mur­der in Coat­bridge 11 years ago has been jailed for a cow­ardly acid at­tack on a man in a su­per­mar­ket.

Thomas Charn­ley, 44, hurled liq­uid from a jar at a 38-year-old man in April.

His vic­tim, who Charn­ley claimed had threat­ened him and his part­ner, suf­fered blis­ters to his skin as the liq­uid be­gan to burn.

Charn­ley fled af­ter the at­tack, which was cap­tured on CCTV.

At the High Court in Glas­gow last week he ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing the man to his se­vere in­jury.

Jail­ing Charn­ley for four years and five months,

Judge Lord Burns told him: “This was a bad at­tack on a man in a pub­lic place with acid. It is for­tu­nate he was not more se­ri­ously in­jured.

“I con­sider you pose a se­ri­ous risk to the pub­lic.”

Lord Burns or­dered Charn­ley to be mon­i­tored in the com­mu­nity for three years af­ter his re­lease from prison.

Charn­ley was jailed for mur­der in 1997 af­ter he beat a man to death.

He was ini­tially freed from his life sen­tence in 2009, but was re­called to prison af­ter get­ting into trou­ble and re­leased for a sec­ond time in 2015.

Fol­low­ing his sen­tenc­ing for the acid at­tack Charn­ley waved to fam­ily and friends as he was led away to the cells.

The court heard he threw the acid over his vic­tim as they both shopped in a Scot­mid store in View­park.

The stunned vic­tim ini­tially man­aged to grap­ple with Charn­ley as shocked work­ers looked on.

But staff had to come to his aid when the ef­fect of the acid took hold. Blis­ters ap­peared on his head and neck and he went into shock.

Ron­nie Renucci QC, de­fend­ing, said Charn­ley had sold a dog to the man two years ago. They had not been in con­tact un­til a few weeks be­fore the at­tack.

Mr Renucci told the court there was an is­sue be­tween the men, in­clud­ing ap­par­ent threats be­ing

‘You pose a se­ri­ous threat to the pub­lic’

made to Charn­ley and his part­ner.

The lawyer added: “He can­not re­call putting the jar in his pocket. He left the house and was go­ing to buy beer. This is not a case where he left look­ing for trou­ble.”

Charn­ley claimed that his vic­tim had ap­proached him in an ag­gres­sive man­ner but Lord Burns said: “This was not what the CCTV images showed.”

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