LONDON: John Tomlin, 25, has admitted throwing acid at an aspiring model and her cousin as she celebrated her 21st birthday. He hurled the substance at Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar, 37, as they waited in a car at traffic lights in Beckton, east London, it is alleged.
He pleaded guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court to lesser charges which were not accepted by the prosecution and he is to face trial next month. Tomlin, who has six teardrops tattooed on his face, allegedly carried out the attack on Wednesday, June 21 shortly after 9am.
Resham Khan, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Jameel Muhktar suffered severe burns to the face and body in the alleged attack. He was not arrested until July 9, when he handed himself into a police station more than two weeks later.
He smiled and waved to family in the public gallery as he was brought into the dock.
Tomlin denied two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent but pleaded guilty to two lesser counts of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting GBH.
Judge Sheeagh Canavan set a trial date of November 27 and Tomlin, of Canning Town, London blew kisses at family members as he left the dock.Writing on Twitter after the attack, Ms Khan said: ‘I saw my clothes burn away in front of me. We stripped off in the middle of the road, running around screaming and begging for water.’
In an interview with Channel 4 News a few days after the attack Mr Muhktar said he felt ‘somebody’s ironing me 24/7’. He said: ‘It was excruciating pain. I was screaming like a baby. I’m petrified”.