ACID attack convictions could soon carry life sentences as a crackdown on noxious substances was unveiled by the government.
Home secretary Amber Rudd warned that an overhaul of guidelines would ensure those who use such liquids as a weapon ‘feel the full force’ of the law.
‘I am clear that life sentences must not be reserved for acid attack survivors,’ she wrote in the Sunday Times.
Ensuring acid and other corrosive substances can be classed as dangerous weapons are among the changes proposed.
Grievous bodily harm with intent already carries a life sentence in the most serious cases, but Ms Rudd wants a ‘wide-ranging review’ that gives police and prosecutors ‘the powers they need to punish severely those who commit these appalling crimes’.
Five acid attacks took place in London in less than 90 minutes on Thursday. Food delivery rider Jabed Hussain, 32, had his moped stolen and his face sprayed with liquid. ‘It’s burning on my face and I’m just screaming for the water,’ he said.
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with 15 offences, including GBH.