Wednesday 18 October 2017

Teen (17) attacked band-mate with acid in row over ex-boyfriend

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Zainab Boladale

A schoolgirl carried out an acid attack against a band-mate in a bid to get revenge because the victim has started dating her ex-boyfriend.

The female attacker (17), poured highly acidic drain cleaner into the viola case of a band-mate who was seeing her ex after their orchestra practice.

The attacker was angry and wanted to get revenge by destroying the instrument, the Daily Record reports. 

However, when the victim (17) picked up the case “she was immediately aware of red liquid spilling from the bottom of the case and landing on her right leg,” a court was told yesterday.

Her tights were disintegrating and she was aware of an intense burning on her leg. The victim was rushed to hospital in severe pain and was in need of plastic surgery.

She needed laser treatment for her burns and suffers from shooting pains and nerve damages as well as post traumatic stress.

The attack occurred on September 29 at a school in East Lothian, in Scotland.

Police and firefighters were called to the school and it was put in lockdown.

“She took down the girl’s viola case and poured drain cleaner over the viola and inside the case. She then placed it back on the shelf,” Prosecutor Aiden Higgins told Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The girls had been friends but their relationship had broken down.

“That friendship came to an end following the break-up of the accused’s year-long relationship.

“Matters became worse when the victim began a relationship with the accused’s former boyfriend.”

The attacker managed to sneak into the classroom after orchestra practice to carry out the attack.

The drain cleaner used, One Shot, contained 91pc sulphuric acid.

He said that when the victim went back to pick up her viola, she was aware of “an eggy smell” before the acid spilled on her.

The court heard that the attacker was identified by a boy who claimed he saw her crouching down in the empty music room 10 minutes before the victim was hurt.

The attacker’s phone was seized by police during the imvestigation.

“It was discovered that, in early September, the accused had searched the internet for the availability of One Shot drain cleaner and the inside of a viola case,” Mr Higgins said.

“There was also evidence she searched prison sentences”.

The attacker pleaded guilty to recklessly pouring sulphuric acid into a viola case.

She admitted doing so “in the knowledge that it would be removed from a shelf by the victim, causing sulphuric acid to spill onto her legs, all to her injury and permanent disfigurement”.

Sheriff Michael O’Grady deferred sentence until August so reports can be prepared and a non-harassment order can be considered.

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