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Man convicted of acid attack in robbery

 Published on: 6th March 2018   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man from Pinner was convicted earlier this month of throwing a noxious substance at a man in a terrifying robbery in the village.

Jonathan Fernando, 33, of Oakwood Road, was found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court of administering a noxious substance, robbery and dangerous driving.

Harrison Bryson, 20, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at the same court to administering a noxious substance and robbery.

Both men will be sentenced on Thursday April 5 at Isleworth Crown Court.

The incident took place at around 10.25pm on August 25 whilst the 25-year-old victim was parked up in his car on Oakwood Road.

He was sat in his car when Fernando and Bryson knocked on the window. He wound down his window to ask how he could help them.

Bryson then sprayed a corrosive substance directly onto the victim’s face, eyes and upper body.

The victim felt an instant burning sensation to his eyes and skin and got out of the car in shock.

Fernando and Bryson then got into the victim’s vehicle and drove off.

The victim headed back towards his home to wash away the substance and then called the police.

Police attended the victim’s home along with London Ambulance Service (LAS) who deemed that the victim would have no lasting injuries. The victim was left with reddening to his face, neck, left arm and a bloodshot left eye, but has since made a full recovery.

Whilst driving the victim’s car, Fernando drove into two stationary cars causing extensive damage to all three vehicles, as well as crashing into a house on Hayden Drive, Hillingdon and a wall on Wiltshire Lane, Harrow.

Fernando and Bryson can be seen on CCTV getting out of the car and fleeing after searching it for the victim’s valuables. No other valuables were taken.

The following day, the victim was in the front passenger seat of his friend’s car when he recognised Fernando and Bryson in the same area where he was attacked. He immediately called police.

Fernando was later arrested on Oakdene Road, Hillingdon on September 18. Bryson was arrested at an address in Thirlmere Gardens, Northwood, on September 29.

Detective Constable Stephen Rothwell, from Hillingdon CID, said: “We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure criminals like these two men are behind bars and off our streets.”

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