Acid attackers can now face life prison sentence

Even if they miss intended victim

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Submitted by Visordown on Mon, 07/08/2017 - 11:53

ACID attackers face a maximum life sentence even if they miss their intended victim under new guidelines from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Prosecutors will also be told to impose prison sentences of up to four years for carrying acid.

The move comes after scooter riders were targeted during a series of five attacks in a 90 minute period in London last month.

Attackers who do not injure their intended target can be charged with throwing acid with 'intent to maim, disfigure or disable,' carrying a maximum life sentence.

Those that cause serious injury can be charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, also carrying a life sentence.

Simply carrying acid can be treated as possession of an offensive weapon under the new guidelines, with a maximum four-year prison sentence.  

Carrying acid in a container that makes it easy to throw could be taken as proof of intent.

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, told the Evening Standard: “We are very conscious of the impact of this crime and how there has been a recent spate of it so we are very keen to make sure that we do prosecute it and the court has the right sentencing powers.”

 

 

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