LONDON: It does not happen only in Pakistan and India but also in Britain. Due to ‘lack of paperwork’, the notorious acid thrower John Tomlin, 25 of Kennington Town was saved from going to jail on Monday and now would be sentenced for maximum years on April 20. The Snaresbrook Crown Court judge heavily criticised the prosecutors as she was forced to delay the sentencing the accused because of a ‘lack of paperwork’. John Tomlin, 25, who threw acid over an aspiring model and her cousin as she celebrated her 21st birthday, is facing years behind bars.
Resham Khan and cousin Jameel Muhktar, 37, were covered in acid as they sat in their car at a red traffic light in Beckton, east London. They were both in court on Monday with members of their family only to see Tomlin’s sentence put off until next month.
Tomlin admitted two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent more than three months ago at Snaresbrook Crown Court. To add to the victims’ outrage Tomlin, who has six teardrops tattooed on his face, taunted them from the dock during the brief hearing. He smiled at Mukthar and started to laugh at him from the dock. The enraged victim told the judge: ‘He is sitting there laughing at me.’ Tomlin, of Colman Road, Canning Town, waved to his family and spoke to them before Judge Canavan warned: ‘I will throw out anyone who interrupts the court,’ the Daily Mail that has covered this case extensively sofar, has reported.
Judge Sandy Canavan had asked the prosecution to provide medical reports for Ms Khan and Mr Mukhtar along with victim impact statements. She had also ordered psychiatric reports to assess the level of danger Tomlin poses to the public. Judge Canavan said: ‘I am very sorry that the defendant cannot be sentenced today. You are going to receive a custodial sentence of many years. ‘”I can not sentence you today because I do not have the information before me.
So, I will have to adjourn sentencing to the 20th of April”. She said; “I am also ordering that the head of CPS London North write to me within seven days explaining the defects of this case. The Crown P r o s e c u t i o n Service have done precisely nothing. Under what circumstances do the CPS think it is right to upload documents on the morning of sentence.” ‘Both victims are in court today. I wanted psychiatric reports, medical evidence and impact statements.
Imagine my surprise that yet again, apart from some evidence from Miss Khan. The crown prosecution had failed to comply with my orders”, her remarks were. Student Miss Resham Khan, suffered severe life changing facial scarring following the unprovoked attack at 9:13am on Tollgate Road, Beckton, on June 21 last year.
Tomlin targeted Miss Khan through the passenger window before moving round to the driver’s side. He then threw more of the acid at Jameel Muhktar. The two victims tried to drive off, pursued by the attacker before their car crashed into a fence and the man fled the scene.
Muhktar was also badly burned as the liquid was hurled through the car windows left open on a warm summer’s day. The cousins were left with horrific neck and face injuries and were treated in hospital. Miss Khan, who studies at Manchester Met university, had a skin graft and her eyesight is permanently damaged.
She had just returned from an exchange year to Cyprus when the attack happened. Miss Khan has shared her journey to recovery on a blog, and last month shared a new picture on Twitter.
The court heard Tomlin has previous convictions for violent crime. He was convicted of common assault in 2007, robbery in 2008 and assaults on police officers in 2014 and 2016.Tomlin is thought to have been sectioned several times under the Mental Health Act, the newspaper reported. Police have previously said there is ‘nothing to suggest the attack was racially motivated’. A motive for the attack is yet to be given in court but Tomlin has been previously sectioned under the Mental Health Act and has been prescribed anti-psychotic medication.