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Ex-boyfriend of Towie star guilty over nightclub acid attack

From BBC - November 13, 2017

A man has been found guilty of carrying out an acid attack in a packed London club which left 22 people injured.

Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, threw the corrosive substance at revellers in Mangle E8 in Dalston on 17 April.

The 25-year-old admitted throwing the liquid but had claimed he believed it was a date rape drug.

He was convicted at Wood Green Crown Court. Andre Phoenix, who was accused of helping him, was found not guilty.

Twenty-two people were injured, 16 of those suffering serious burns, when Collins sprayed acid over revellers inside the busy east London venue at about 01:00 BST.

One man suffered third-degree chemical burns to the left side of the face and required a skin graft. Others had eye injuries.

A solicitor for two of the victims said Collins' "despicable crime" had "changed the lives of so many people in the club that night".

CCTV shown in court showed clubbers clutching their faces and running off the dancefloor as they were hit with the liquid.

Victims told the jury their skin began "blistering straight away" and described a burning smell. The liquid was later found to have a rating of pH1, equal to strong acids such as those used in battery acid.

Collins told the court during the trial he had been at the club celebrating the news of Ms McCann's pregnancy, which the couple had revealed to her family the previous day.

He was seen on CCTV getting into a confrontation with a group of men in the club before he sprayed liquid from a bottle over the crowd.

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