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Teen jailed for ‘cowardly’ moped acid attacks

A TEENAGER who carried out a spate of acid attacks against moped riders has been jailed for ten and a half years.

Derryck John, 17, carried out a ‘despicable and cowardly’ attack on six riders to try and steal their vehicles in north and east London in a spree lasting less than 90 minutes.

He and an older unidentified accomplice sprayed a corrosive substance in the face of their victims at traffic lights.

Spree: The scene after an east London attack, and John (below) after lifting his helmet in a garage PICS: SARAH COBBOLD/SWNS/MET POLICE

Ramesh Patel, of the CPS, said the victims described ‘searing pain and burning’ and one permanently lost 30 per cent of his eyesight.

John was identified after he stepped off a stolen Vespa scooter at a garage and lifted his helmet.

‘These were grave crimes. You attacked members of the public with what appears to have been an acid at the strongest end of the scale,’ Judge Noel Lucas QC told John, from Croydon, who appeared at Wood Green crown court by video link.

He had admitted six counts of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to ‘disable, burn, maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm’, two counts of robbery and four of attempted robbery on July 13 last year.

In December, the same judge handed Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, a 20-year prison term for an acid attack in a nightclub. He said John would have received 22 years if he had gone to trial.

The judge added: ‘The carrying and use of corrosive liquids is rapidly becoming a serious and growing problem in London.’