Muslim pensioner who paid two thugs £50 to throw sulphuric acid in his teenage ...
A pensioner who organised a revenge acid attack on his teenage girlfriend after she broke up with him was jailed for 18 years yesterday.
Mohammed Rafiq, 80, paid Steven Holmes £50 to spray a corrosive liquid in the face of Vikki Horsman in April.
The care worker, who was 19 at the time and had coverted to Islam for him, spent five days in intensive care after suffering burns to her face, neck and body.
Rafiq, Holmes and Shannon Heaps, who identified the house in Tividale, West Midlands, where Miss Horsman was staying, were found guilty last week of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Judge Nicholas Webb, sitting at Wolverhampton Crown Court, said the attack was a ‘wicked’ act. Jailing Holmes, 25, for 14 years, he described him as ‘callous and lacking in true remorse’. Heaps, 23, was jailed for 12 years.
Rafiq persuaded the pair to carry out the attack after he became convinced that Miss Horsman had a new boyfriend. Judge Webb told the pensioner: ‘She had decided she didn’t want to continue her relationship with you and you became jealous and angry.