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Moped acid attack teenager jailed

Published: 12 March 2018

Updated: 12 March 2018

Derryck John, the 17-year-old who attacked six moped riders with acid while trying to steal their bikes, was jailed today for 10 and a half years.

Having previously admitted to carrying out the attacks on July 13, John, from Thornton Heath, appeared via video-link at Wood Green Crown Court where he had previously pleaded guilty to 12 offences.


On July 13 he sprayed the riders in the face with a corrosive substance, leaving one of the victims with life changing injuries, before stealing two mopeds and attempting to take a further four.

Judge Noel Lucas QC described John’s crimes against members of the public as “despicable and cowardly.”

DS James Leeks from Hackney CID said “Derryck John did not think twice about using a life changing and even potentially life-threatening substance against those who resisted his robbery attempts. Acid attacks ruin lives and have no place in our society.

“It beggars belief that anyone would be prepared to scar someone for life and leave them to live with life-changing injuries for the sake of a phone or a moped. We are working hard to keep the public safe and make the streets hostile territory for criminals who steal scooters and use them to snatch valuables from members of the public. We have a particular focus on the small number of criminals prepared to use corrosive substances to do so.”



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