Judge jails youth who carried out acid attacks for 10½ years

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A 17-YEAR-OLD youth has been jailed for 10 and a half years for carrying out a spate of “despicable” acid attacks against moped riders.

Derryck John was sentenced to 10 1/2 yearsMet Police

Derryck John was sentenced to 10 1/2 years for targeting six moped riders

Derryck John, from Croydon, south London, targeted six riders in a bid to steal their vehicles in the north and east of the capital in less than 90 minutes on July 13 last year.

John, who appeared at Wood Green Crown Court via video link, carried out “grave crimes”, according to Judge Noel Lucas QC.

Judge Lucas said: “Your actions on the evening of 13 July 2017 were despicable and cowardly.

Your actions were despicable and cowardly

Judge Noel Lucas

“You and your accomplice chose to attack members of the public who were going about their lawful business.

“These were grave crimes. You attacked members of the public with what appears to have been an acid at the strongest end of the scale of acids.

“You have not revealed the name of your accomplice or the precise nature of the corrosive fluid used or where you and your accomplice obtained it.”

The judge also commented on the prevalence of acids attacks.

“I can state from my own knowledge of the offences arriving at this Crown Court that such offences have risen sharply in the last 12 months.

“This is the second major corrosive fluid case I have had to deal with in the past three months,” he said.

The judge added: “It is clear to me that the carrying and use of corrosive liquids is rapidly becoming a serious and growing problem in London and in particular, in this part of London.

“So too are crimes committed using scooters.”

In his sentencing remarks, the judge said John’s actions were “despicable”.

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