Man Sentenced For Deadly High Wycombe Acid Attack

31 July 2018, 08:40

Xeneral Webster High Wycombe acid attack

A 19-year-old's due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court later, after an acid attack killed a nurse sat on a nearby bench.

Joanne Rand was splashed with high-strength sulphuric acid on 3 June last year as she sat on a bench in Frogmoor, High Wycombe. She died 11 days later from multiple organ failure after contracting septicaemia due to the burns.

Xeneral Webster, 19, had been accused at Reading Crown Court of her murder but mid-trial he pleaded guilty to an alternative charge of manslaughter.

The court heard the corrosive substance was knocked from his hand by another male from whom he was trying to take a bicycle.

Webster also pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon, namely acid, and affray.

He will also be sentenced for two counts of possessing an offensive weapon - a samurai sword and ammonia - and criminal damage relating to a separate incident which he pleaded guilty to at an earlier hearing.

Webster, of Banstead Court, Westway, west London, is due to be sentenced by Judge Morris at 2pm.