Teenage acid attacker, 18, who sprayed two women and a man with noxious substance leaving them with burns and fearing they could be blind is jailed for nine years
- Fahad Abdi, 18, lay in wait for his victims before spraying them with acid in Kent
- ‘Vicious’ thug attacked on Janet Durrant, Emily Thompson and Justin Vincent
- Drug dealer targeted them after he thought they had stolen stash of his cocaine
A teenage drug dealer sprayed a man and two women with acid after suspecting they had stolen his stash of cocaine.
Fahad Abdi, 18, lay in wait for his three victims before unleashing the noxious substance on their faces in Canterbury, Kent.
Justin Vincent, Janet Durrant and Emily Thompson were left with blisters, burns and temporary loss of sight in the savage revenge attack.
‘Vicious’ thug Abdi, from Forest Gate, east London, was sentenced to nine years in a young offenders’ institute for the horrific assault, at Canterbury Crown Court.
Abdi had been staying in the home of one of the victims for a few weeks when he fell out with the group, the court heard.
He threatened them with a knife and claimed they had stolen some of his property.
Following numerous threats he approached two of them in a street and sprayed them in the face with the noxious substance.
The teen then fled the scene before returning ten minutes later to spray his third victim.
Kent Police arrested Abdi later that day at Canterbury trains tation and charged him with three counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.
He denied the charges but was found guilty by a jury following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday August 2.
He was sentenced at the same court on Monday September 25 where he received nine years in prison plus an additional three years on licence upon his release.
Sentencing Judge James O’Mahony said: ‘It is absolutely shocking to me that someone of your age could commit such a wicked and cowardly act.
‘You are a vicious and violent man who decided that even though there was no evidence that any of your victims had done anything wrong, you were going to punish all three of them.’
Detective Constable Terence Seager of Kent Police who investigated the attack accused the Abdi of having ‘no regard for life’.
He 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.’