Jury considers acid attack verdicts

Police at the scene of the alleged attack.

Police at the scene of the alleged attack. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The jury in the trial of two men accused of being involved in a plot to throw acid over a 22-year-old Suffolk beautician has retired to consider its verdicts.

The judge in the Ipswich Crown Court trial of Anthony Riley, of Raglan Street, Lowestoft, and Leon Thompson, 39, of Alma Road, Lowestoft, finished summing up the case yesterday and the jury retired to start its deliberations this afternoon.

The jury was sent home at the end of the afternoon and will continue its deliberations tomorrow.

Riley, 27, and Thompson, 39, have denied conspiring to throw sulphuric acid over Adele Bellis with intent to maim or disfigure her.

They have also denied conspiring to wound Miss Bellis with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm between March 1 and April 30 last year.

Riley has further denied falsely imprisoning Miss Bellis on or about March 15 last year and Thompson has denied having a Stanley knife and wounding Miss Bellis with intent to do her grievous bodily harm on April 29 last year.

Two other defendants – Jason Harrison, 28, of Princes Road, Lowestoft, and Daniel Marshall, of Rose Court, Lowestoft – have admitted their part in the attack on Miss Bellis.

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The court has heard that Miss Bellis was left with horrific injuries after Riley, who was in a relationship with her for six years, allegedly paid Harrison to throw acid over her.

The acid landed on her face and head and burned into her skin and through her clothes. She spent three weeks in hospital undergoing skin grafts and extensive reconstructive surgery to areas of her body including her face, thighs and hand.

As a result of the attack on August 14 last year Miss Bellis lost her right ear and had been left partially bald and disfigured for life.

The court heard she also suffered a cut to her face after allegedly being stabbed by Thompson in an alleyway several weeks before the alleged acid attack.

Giving evidence, Riley denied have any involvement in either of the attacks on Miss Bellis. Thompson did not give evidence during the trial.

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