Acid attacks are on the rise across the UK, especially in London. 2017 was a critical year on record for London where 465 acid attacks were reported. This is very disturbing since acid attacks are something that can happen anywhere and to anyone, it can easily be transported.
A gang of nine criminals were arrested in London after a barbaric attack. Huseyin Onel, 24, and his gang targeted people who were leaving a gay venue Dalston Superstore. The criminals beat up a man around 5 am on May 5. They stamped and kicked him as he curled up on the ground trying to protect his face.
The gang then attacked another man who was filming the attack on his phone. The second victim’s friends intervened and a huge brawl erupted. Onel then squirted a corrosive acid substance from a plastic bottle into the second victim’s face and eyes.
The suspects then escaped using three cars and drove away from the scene, shouting homophobic comments at members of the group, and claiming they ‘run Hackney’.
Club owners said their venue had closed at 2.30am, two and a half hours before the attack.
Detective Constable David Leitner said: “Nine violent and dangerous men have been removed from London’s streets today and will now spend a lengthy time locked up in prison. The level of violence used in this attack, coupled with the speed that this incident escalated, is truly shocking.”
“A group of people who were enjoying themselves at the end of a night out were subjected to a sustained and relentless wave of violence including the use of a corrosive substance because they acted as good Samaritans to help a male being subjected to a vicious assault.”
“The original victim who was attacked by the group has never been traced but I hope he, and all those who were set upon by this violent group of individuals, will take some comfort from the fact that this group has been convicted.” He concluded.
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