Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
26 September 2017, 11:08
A teenager who sprayed acid at three people in Canterbury City centre has been jailed for nine years.
Fahad Abdi, 18, from Forest Gate in East London carried out the revenge attack as his victims walked along St Peter's Place in Canterbury in February.
The court heard how Abdi had been staying in the home of one of the victims for a few weeks when he fell out with the man and two women and threatened them with a knife, claiming they had stolen some of his property.
Following several days of threats he approached two of them in St Peter’s Place and sprayed them in the face with the noxious substance.
He ran off before returning ten minutes later to attack his third victim. All three of them suffered blisters and burns and temporary loss of sight.
Abdi denied charges three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent but was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Terence Seager said "This public act of aggression left the victims with little time to protect themselves from what can only be described as a callous attack.
"Abdi has shown that even at such a young age he is capable of premeditated violence with absolutely no regard for life. This was a particularly vicious assault which has physically and emotionally scarred the victims.
"Thankfully he will now serve time in prison and the people of Canterbury will be far safer as a result."