Man charged with GBH after acid attack which left two people with ‘life changing injuries’

A man has been charged with grievous bodily harm after handing himself into a police station following an acid attack on two people last month.

John Tomlin, 24, of Colman Road, Canning Town, will appear before Thames magistrates today (11-07-2017) to face two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Resham Khan and her cousin Jameel Muhktar were left with life changing injuries after they celebrated Khan’s 21st birthday last month in east London.

As they waited for the lights to change at a traffic stop a man threw acid through the open window and into Miss Khan’s face before going round to the driver’s side and throwing more acid at Mr Muhktar.

Mr Muhktar tried to drive away from their attacker but crashed the car when the ‘pain took over’.

Both Miss Khan and Mr Muhktar were forced to strip naked on the A13 to help ease the pain as they begged passersby for water.

Miss Khan, a Business Management student, said she watched her clothes burn away as she struggled with the ‘excruciating’ pain.

A kind stranger drove the cousins to a nearby hospital where Mr Muhktar was put into induced coma while Miss Khan was given a skin graft.

During an emotional interview with Channel 4 News Mr Muhktar said he believed the incident was a ‘hate crime’ and could be linked to ‘Islamophobia’.

He also went on to say: ‘I honestly feel that if this was a white person attacked by an Asian, he would be caught within 24 hours and it’d be all over the news.’

‘Maybe he’s got it in for Muslims because of the things that have been going on lately. I don’t know if people are trying to retaliate. We’re innocent people.

‘We didn’t deserve that. I’ve never seen this guy in my life. I don’t have any problems with anybody. My cousin is 21, she’s a business student. Why would anyone do that to us?’