Teens jailed for 10 and six years for throwing corrosive liquid at Wayne Ingold last year
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A pair of teenagers have been jailed for a total of 16 years for throwing a corrosive liquid into the face of a man in Witham last year.
Wayne Ingold was attacked in a case of mistaken identity by Aarron Isaac and Jake McCabe at the entrance to communal flats in Bramble Road.
Mr Ingold, who is in his 50s, had gone to collect his post around 10.45am on August 8 when he encountered two men banging on the door.
Following a brief exchange, the liquid – which was in a glass bottle – was thrown over him and the defendants ran off.
Mr Ingold suffered severe injuries to his hands, body and face as a result of the attack and had to have skin grafts, which are still ongoing.
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The pair were caught following extensive investigation and the release of two e-fit images, which were described as excellent likenesses of those eventually charged.
Last month 19-year-old Isaac, of Elverson Road, Lewisham, and 16-year-old McCabe from London, were found guilty of the attack at Chelmsford Crown Court.
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Today Judge David Turner lifted reporting restrictions, allowing McCabe’s name to be used, and sentenced him to six years in jail.
Isaac was sentenced to a 10 year jail term for his part in the attack.
Following Isaac’s and McCabe’s convictions Det Sgt Becky Young, who led the investigation, said: “This was a sickening and unprovoked attack by two very dangerous young men on an innocent man who was simply going about his business.
“This attack left the victim with life-changing injuries.
“He will not only be dealing with the physical scars but also the mental scars for a long time to come.
“I hope today’s verdicts bring a small level of closure for him.”