Man jailed for 20 years over noxious substance attack

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LONDON: A man has been jailed following an assault involving a noxious substance. Sahme Mohammed, 28 of Park Avenue, E6 was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 13 August to 20 years’ imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years with five years on license.

He had previously been found guilty of throwing a noxious substance with intent to maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm and grievous bodily harm with intent. The court heard that police were called at 16:00hrs on 12 February 2018 to reports of a man having been attacked with a noxious substance on Burges Road, E6.

Sahme Mohammed

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. On arrival, police found the victim suffering from burn injuries to his face, arms and torso. Members of the public had run to help him and were dousing him with water.

Initial enquiries established that three males had arrived at Burges Road in a silver coloured Lexus. The victim was hit with a brick before a corrosive liquid was brought out of the vehicle and poured onto his face, causing catastrophic injuries.

Medics treating the victim following the attack described his injuries as ‘a devastating chemical injury’ for which the resulting treatment was a variety of procedures including skin grafts and the reconstruction of his eyelid.

The men involved were identified from CCTV and forensic evidence and all three were arrested and subsequently charged. Mohammed was arrested on 16 February 2018.