Acid is becoming ‘weapon of choice’, says Jaf Shah of ASTI

A man from Suffolk who arranged to have acid thrown in his ex-girlfriend’s face has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 13 years in prison.

Anthony Riley, 29, orchestrated a campaign of violence against Adele Bellis, 23, who lost her ear and hair when attacked with sulphuric acid at a bus stop in Lowestoft.

Credit: ITV newsCredit: ITV news

Speaking outside court, Miss Bellis called for acid attackers to receive automatic life sentences.

Jaf Shah, from Acid Survivors Trust International, told ITV News that acid was becoming the “weapon of choice” for many.

Credit: ITV newsCredit: ITV news

He said it was easily accessible and available to buy for “as little as £7 or £8”.

Mr Shah told Alastair Stewart that he was “not convinced” there was a police strategy for combating the crime.

Credit: ITV news, 16 October 2015
You can find the original article and interview here.

Posted on October 22nd 2015 by Asti Editor in ASTI news

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