‘Despicable’ teen jailed for moped acid attacks

A teenager has been jailed for 10-and-a-half years for attacking moped riders with acid to steal their vehicles.

Sentencing Derryck John, 17, of Thornton Heath, at Wood Green Crown Court, Judge Noel Lucas QC told him his “actions on the evening of 13 July 2017 were despicable and cowardly”.

“You and your accomplice chose to attack members of the public who were going about their lawful business,” he said.

“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 of acids.

“You have not revealed the name of your accomplice or the precise nature of the corrosive fluid used or where you and your accomplice obtained it.”

The judge also commented on the prevalence of acids attacks.

“I can state from my own knowledge of the offences arriving at this Crown Court that such offences have risen sharply in the last 12 months.

“This is the second major corrosive fluid case I have had to deal with in the past three months,” he said.

The judge added: “It is clear to me that the carrying and use of corrosive liquids is rapidly becoming a serious and growing problem in London and in particular, in this part of London.

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