Boy Admitted Spate Of Acid Attacks On Delivery Drivers In London

Boy Admitted Spate Of Acid Attacks On Delivery Drivers In London

A 17-year-old boy admitted carrying out a spate of acid attacks against moped riders in a bid to steal their vehicles.

Derrick John, from Croydon, south London, targeted six riders in the north and east of the capital in less than 90 minutes on July 13 last year.

Earlier reporting restrictions had banned identification of the defendant due to his age.

But judge Noel Lucas QC told Wood Green Crown Court there was an ‘overwhelming, huge public interest’ in identifying the teenager after he pleaded guilty to 12 counts.

Boy Admitted Spate Of Acid Attacks On Delivery Drivers In London

John sprayed his victims in the face with a noxious liquid, which police said left one with ‘life-changing injuries.

The substance used is thought to have had a PH of one or two, the court heard.

He stole two mopeds and tried to take another four from their owners, before being arrested at around 3 am on July 14.

On Monday he pleaded guilty to six counts of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to ‘disable, burn, maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm’ two counts of robbery and four counts of attempted robbery.

His mother sobbed and shouted as she left the court after the pleas were made.

Judge Lucas said there was a ‘very strong public interest’ in naming the defendant.

He said: ‘This is a case where there is an overwhelming, huge public interest in the public knowing both about the fact of the offence and in the identification of the perpetrator and his age.’

Sentencing will take place on March 9 at Wood Green Crown Court.




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