Three guilty of horror acid attack in East London street

PUBLISHED: 19:39 10 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:59 05 October 2010



THIS is the horrifying image released tonight by Scotland Yard of 24-year-old Awais Akram, who was attacked in East London in the street, beaten to the ground, stabbed and doused with acid

ABOVE: THIS is the horrifying image released tonight by Scotland Yard of 24-year-old Awais Akram, who was attacked in East London, beaten to the ground, stabbed and doused with acid, and (inset) Awais before the attack...

BELOW: THE two thugs convicted at the Old Bailey today of conspiracy with a 16-year-old to carry out the 'revenge' attack. Mohammed Vakas, 26 (pictured left), was found guilty of conspiracy to murder. Mohammed Adeel, 20, was found guilty of conspiracy to cause GBH...

By Mike Brooke

AWAIS Akram suffered 47 per cent burns to the head, neck, chest, stomach, arms and back.

He also had facial fractures, eye injuries and stab wounds.

Awais has undergone several operations and continues to require treatment, 10 months after the attack last summer in Leyton.

The attack was fuelled by his relationship with Sadia Khatoon, a married woman who he met online through Facebook in April last year.

Mrs Khatoon, then aged 23, helped him find a flat in Leytonstone when he arrived in East London. But their relationship became known to her family, including her husband Shakeel Abassi.

A plot was formed to carry out a 'revenge' attack, involving Mrs Khatoon's brother Mohammed Vakas and cousin Mohammed Adeel who recruited a 16-year-old youth.

Mr Akram was beaten to the ground, stabbed and then doused with sulphuric acid. He was left in agony, to get help from nearby householders who heard his screams.

Det Chief Ins Nigel Furness said after today's trial: "Awais is to be commended for his bravery in giving evidence, following a brutal attack which has left him severely disfigured for life.

"No words can describe the amount of courage it took to stand in court, face his attackers and give his account."

Vakas, from Walthamstow, was convicted of conspiracy to murder. Adeel, 20, also from Walthamstow, was convicted of conspiracy to commit GBH, along with the 16-year-old from Camden, who is now 17. All three are being sentenced at noon tomorrow (May 11) .

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