Thundersley Acid Attackers Jailed

Pic: Essex Police

Two people from Essex have been jailed for a total of 25 years for an unprovoked acid attack which left a man with serious chemical burns.

Darren Pidgeon spent 24 days in hospital following the attack, requiring skin grafts to repair third degree burns caused by ``extreme'' acid.

Ashley Russell, 30, of Sunnedon, Basildon, and Christina Storey, 32, of Brook Court, Rayleigh, (pictured) had each denied throwing a corrosive fluid at Mr Pidgeon with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

But they were found guilty by a jury at Basildon Crown Court on Thursday following an eight day trial, Essex Police said.

Russell was jailed for 17 years in prison while Storey was sentenced to eight years.

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Detective Inspector Chris Rose said: "I am pleased that the jury have found Russell and Storey guilty of this appalling and unprovoked attack.

"This has been a long and difficult investigation for Darren and his family and I hope that this verdict can provide them with an element of closure and the knowledge that justice has been done.

"It should also send a message to anyone considering carrying out this type of crime that they will be found and put before the courts."