British man gets 20 years jail-term for nightclub acid attack that injured 22 people


25-year old Arthur Collins convicted of spraying acid in a crowded London nightclub injuring 22 people has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

He was convicted in November of five counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and nine counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Sixteen people suffered serious burns as a result of the incident, which police said resulted from a dance floor argument at the Mangle nightclub in the London borough of Hackney, in April.

Hackney Borough commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Laurence said;

"Collins went to the nightclub that night with a bottle of a noxious substance with the intent to use it to inflict serious harm. He indiscriminately and recklessly sprayed the substance in a crowded place, knowing full well the danger this would pose to a large number of people. This was a barbaric and cowardly act."

During his trial, Collins told the court he didn't know the bottle contained acid; he thought it was a liquid date rape drug, which he took from two men after overhearing them planning to spike a drink.

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