Teen convicted after “mistaken identity” acid attack

Wayne Ingold suffered life-changing burns to his face, hands and neck.

Wayne Ingold suffered life-changing burns to his face, hands and neck.

A teenager from Lewisham has been found guilty for his role in a “sickening” acid attack on a 57 year-old man in Essex last August.

Aarron Isaac, 19, of Elverson Road, appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court last week and was convicted of throwing a corrosive liquid at Wayne Ingold with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

A 16 year old boy from Mitcham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has also been convicted for the same offence.

The two defendants, who previously denied any involvement, remain in custody until November 6 when they face significant custodial sentences, said Judge David Turner.

Ingold has been treated with a series skin grafts after suffering life-changing burns to his face, hands and neck.

He told the court he had been collecting his post inside a shared entrance to a block of flats in Witham, Essex, when he saw two figures outside the front door.

After opening the door, the two boys threw a glass bottle of liquid over him before fleeing the scene.

Describing the moment he saw his face in the mirror he said: “My face had turned yellow. It looked like melted wax.”

Ingold, who purposely missed the verdict due to feeling “uneasy”, said he was pleased justice had prevailed.

“I was worried they were going to be found not guilty,” he said.

The victim had been caught up in a case of “mistaken identity” said Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew.

Sergeant Becky Young of Essex Police said: “This was a sickening and unprovoked attack by two very dangerous young men on an innocent man who was simply going about his business.”

“He will not only be dealing with the physical scars but also the mental scars for a long time to come,” she added.

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