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— Acid attacked victim screamed for help as the flesh-burning liquid singed his skin

— 16 year old Boy jailed for series of acid attacks on moped riders to steal their vehicles

Derryck John was just 16 when he hurled corrosive liquid at six drivers across north and east London, in the space of two hours.

John, now 17, admitted six counts of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to ‘disable, burn, maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm’.

A moped rider who carried out six acid attacks on moped riders in just two hours has been jailed for over 10 years.

Derryck John, 17, from Croydon, south London, was jailed at Wood Green Crown Court for the attacks to steal their vehicles.

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He was just 16 when he threw a corrosive liquid at six moped riders across north and east London last July.

One victim suffered life-changing injuries as a result of the multiple attacks.

He admitted six counts of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to ‘disable, burn, maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm’, two counts of robbery and four counts of attempted robbery.

Father-of-one Jabed Hussain, 32, was the first person to be targeted at the Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge Road at about 10.30pm.

He screamed for help as the flesh-burning liquid singed his skin, while the suspects made off with his moped.

Footage showed him being doused with water by police to wash the acid out of his eyes. The acid used ranged from PH levels one and two – the strongest available.

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The second attack was just 20 minutes later when another victim was sprayed with acid on the Upper Street junction with Highbury Corner in Islington.

 

At about 11.05pm a third attack took place on Shoreditch High Street, followed by another within fifteen minutes on Cazenove Road, leaving the man with ‘life-changing’ injuries.

Another victim was targeted as he sat in traffic on Chatsworth Road at about 11.30pm, with the attackers fleeing the scene on the man’s moped.

Derryck John, 17, from Croydon, south London, was jailed at Wood Green Crown Court for the attacks to steal their vehicles.

Speaking at an earlier hearing prosecutor Saira Nisar said: ‘These are a series of serious attacks moped and motorcycle riders that took place on the 13th of July over a very short period of time – approximately two hours.

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‘The modus operandi over all of the offences is identical – the attacker strikes when the moped rider is a at a red light.

‘The corrosive liquid is then sprayed directly over the face of the rider.

‘As the rider is struggling with the pain and disorientation of being sprayed with this noxious substance, the riders who have done this steal or attempt to steal the vehicle.’

A third count of robbery will be taken into account when the teenager, from Croydon, south London, is sentenced on Monday.