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Smethwick OAP jailed after acid attack on teenage lover

2014-12-19 15:36:06

Mohammed Rafiq, Steven Holmes and Shannon Heaps had denied plotting to harm Ms Horsman

An 80-year-old Smethwick pensioner has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for launching a 'horrifying' acid attack on his teenage girlfriend in a revenge attack after she jilted him.

Mohammed Rafiq, of Cheshire Road, masterminded the plan to harm ex-lover Vikki Horsman, who was left with serious burns to her face and neck after the caustic liquid was thrown at her when she answered her door on April 15.

Vikki Horsman
Vikki Horsman in cultural dress prior to the

Rafiq - who was initially thought to be a victim of the attack - was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice.

Miss Horsman, who was aged 19 at the time of the attack, had dumped Rafiq because of his controlling behaviour. A short time after their split Miss Horsman was attacked at her Tividale home and left with the horrific injuries, a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Accomplice Steven Holmes, 25, of Queens Avenue, Smethwick, was sentenced to 14 years in prison and 23-year-old Shannon Heaps, of Allan Close, was jailed for 12 years.

They denied causing grievous bodily harm but were found guilty by a jury last week and sentenced on Friday at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Vikki Horsman suffered severe scarring to her neck and chest in the attack

Speaking following the trial, victim Miss Horsman revealed that she had needed surgery to help her recovery.

She said: "I have had to undergo lots of treatment for the burns and the damage those people caused.

"I suffered severe scarring to my neck and chest and have recently had to undergo further surgery to help my recovery.

"But, it is not just what everyone can see that causes me pain. The trauma and distress that Rafiq and his accomplices have put my under have left mental scars that I fear will never go away."

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