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Arthur Collins jailed for 20 years over nightclub acid attack

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Arthur Collins jailed for 20 years over nightclub acid attack
Collins in his police mugshot (Picture: PA)

Arthur Collins has been jailed for 20 years after he threw acid into a crowd of people at a nightclub.

Collins, 25, who is the father of Towie star Ferne McCann’s newborn baby, was found guilty of GBH last month.

Sixteen people suffered chemical burn injuries and three people were temporarily blinded – one of whom still suffers from blurred vision in one eye – of which 14 were the subject of charges.

His trial heard clubbers screamed and ran in panic as he sprayed acid into the packed club.

Victim Lauren Trent told the trial she heard a ‘hissing’ sound like a can of Coke opening as the liquid touched her neck, and her skin started ‘coming off in my hands’.

The ‘overpowering’ smell caused Kwami Licorish’s breathing to stop and he was left with ‘blurry’ vision, while Ruam Mota felt his face and neck ‘burning’ and his puffa jacket melted.

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Arthur Collins jailed for 20 years over nightclub acid attack
Phoebe Georgiou was one one of his victims (Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)
Arthur Collins jailed for 20 years over nightclub acid attack
Victims Lauren Trent and Sophie hall are pictured leaving court (Picture: Nash/Backgrid)

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Judge Lucas ordered that as well as his 20-year prison term Collins, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, will additionally be subject to five further years on extended licence.

He 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.’

Arthur Collins jailed for 20 years over nightclub acid attack
Arthur Collins pictured with Ferne McCann (Picture: Ferne McCann/Instagram)
Arthur Collins jailed for 20 years over nightclub acid attack
Phoebe Georgiou’s injuries from the acid (Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)
Arthur Collins jailed for 20 years over nightclub acid attack
Phoebe Georgiou was badly injured (Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

It began when Collins got into a row with a group of men on the VIP dance floor at Mangle E8 in Dalston, east London around 1am on April 17.

He sprayed acid three times at men he had been arguing with, which splashed onto bystanders and burnt 14 people.

He was convicted of five counts of causing GBH with intent and nine counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Wood Green Crown Court last month.

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Tests revealed the acid had a high level of pH1.

Collins admitted throwing acid, but said he thought it was a date rape drug which he snatched off Makai Brown and his friends after he overheard them planning to spike drinks.

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