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29 July 2013, 11:33
Three men have been jailed for an acid attack on a woman as she picked up her children from school in Upton Park.
One witness described one of the men laughing as he poured acid over her head burning her clothes and body, her son's school satchels and her daughter's anorak.
She instantly felt a burning sensation across her face, scalp, chest and back. She fled to a neighbour's house where she was helped by friends and two female police officers before being taken to the Royal London Hospital and later transferred to a specialist burns hospital in Essex. She suffered 16% full depth chemical burns for which she still receives treatment and describes living every day in discomfort.
Following a six week trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, Yannick Ntesa, 25 (2.04.88), of Great Western Road, W2 was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment. Abdul Motin, 28 (9.11.84) of Dagobert House, E1 was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment and Ahad Miah, 31 (22.04.82) of no fixed abode was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment.
Detective Inspector John Reynolds, of Newham CID, said: "This was a truly shocking attack on a mother who had her two very young children with her at the time. It was only by chance that those children were not seriously injured. They did however suffer terrible shock from seeing their own mother so horrifically assaulted.
"The victim in this case is entirely innocent but will now spend the rest of her life having to adjust to the severe disfigurement inflicted on her.
"This sentencing demonstrates just how seriously the Met police and the courts treat such incidents. Those responsible have been bought to justice and we can only hope it brings some small comfort to the victim."