Man jailed for 20 years over acid attack on Newcastle sisters

INJURED: Isobella Fraser, 22, suffered burns to her arm and back after her top melted into her skin. Her sister, Prue, suffered injuries to her arm.
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A MAN has been jailed for 20 years after carrying out a brutal acid attack that injured 16 people – including two sisters from Newcastle – in a packed London nightclub.

Arthur Collins, 25, hurled the corrosive substance over a crowd on the dancefloor at Mangle E8, in East London, on April 17.

Sixteen people were injured and three were temporarily blinded.

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Newcastle’s Isobella and Prue Fraser, both aged in their 20s, were among those who suffered chemical burns.

Collins, the father of UK reality TV-star Ferne McCann’s baby daughter Sunday, had told the trial he did not know the bottle contained acid, believing it to contain a liquid date rape drug, which he had snatched from two men after overhearing them planning to spike a girl’s drink.

But the jury at London’s Wood Green Crown Court convicted him of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm last month.

Judge Noel Lucas branded Collins “an accomplished and calculated liar” who had shown “not a shred of remorse”, telling him: “This was a despicable act.

“You knew precisely what strong acid would do to human skin.

“Having thrown the acid over the club you slunk away and hid in the rear and pretended to be nothing to do with the mayhem you had caused.”

The burns to Isobella Fraser.

“In my judgement it was deliberate and calculated and you were intent on causing really serious harm to your victims.”

Collins looked pale but did not react as his sentence was read out, and winked at his family as he was led to the cells.

The sisters told theNewcastle Heraldat the time they had been enjoyinga night out with friends at the East London nightclub when a fight broke out nearby and they attempted to retreat.

“It all happened so quickly; I was thrown over this fence and onto my stomach and then felt this horrible pain on my arm,’’ Prue said in April.

“It took a couple of seconds to realise what was happening and I thought it was some kind of attack.

“I just looked for my sister.’’

Isobella, visiting her Chelsea-based sister who had been working in the UK for seven months, said she had turned her back to get away as the fight, involving people they did not know, broke out.

“I felt what I thought was all this water down my back, like someone had spilt a drink,and then I couldn’t breathe,’’ Isobellasaid.

“I could smell something, like a cleaning product, and I thought what is happening, are we in the middle of a terrorist attack.’’

Isobella said the “water” began to burn on her back and someone started yelling they had been hit with acid.

“My whole top had melted onto my back,’’ she said.

– with Dan Proudman, Matt Carr

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