Reality TV Star Releases Arthur Collins Acid Attack Statement
Michael Lewin Solicitors have written a number of articles recently supporting the fact that the number of acid attacks being reported has almost doubled in the last ten years. These attacks are now becoming more widespread and are escalating across Europe.
Reality TV star Ferne McCann from The Only Way Is Essex had been dating 22 year old Arthur Collins a Scaffolder from Hertfordshire since June 2016. She then announced her pregnancy and on the 14th of November 2017 Arthur Collins was celebrating the news, when he was found guilty of carrying out an acid attack. The courts accepted that he had thrown acid into a crowd of people on a nightclub dancefloor in East London. He was convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, and nine counts of actual bodily harm against 14 people.
Phoebe Georgiou who was one of the victims of this horrific and senseless attack stated “”I felt liquid drench my entire chest and arm and it burnt through my chest,”. Phoebe and many other victims are now suffering with physical and mental trauma as a result of the injuries they sustained.
Although the government has placed a ban for under 18’s to buy corrosive substances on the high street, it is still easy enough for the substances to be bought online in large quantities, without any suspicion or vetting of the purchaser. Using corrosive substances for such purposes has become more and more prevalent in gang cultures, as instead of knifes or guns they now carry Acid as their weapon of choice.
Under the CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) rules, dependant on the location of the scarring and the severity, the CICA may make an award. The highest award being as a result of scarring to the face this can be up to £11,000 in severe cases. In regards to the Psychological problems the CICA state that as long as the mental injury has a substantial adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities over and beyond a period of 6 weeks or more, the claimant may be eligible for an award. In serious cases of mental injury as a result of the crime the CICA can make awards up to £27,000, dependant on each case.
If you have been injured as a result of an Acid Attack then please contact our specialist team of CICA lawyers for a free, no obligation discussion.
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