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Teens jailed for spraying acid over Essex man condemned for showing 'no remorse'

Wayne Ingold was sprayed in the face with acid in a case of mistaken identity. Photo: Essex Police

Two teenagers who sprayed acid over a man in Essex in a case of mistaken identity have been condemned showing "no remorse".

Wayne Ingold, the former chauffeur of Simon Cowell, was left with life-changing injuries following the attack in Witham in August 2014. He was sprayed in the face with acid as he collected his post from his block of flats.

Aaron Isaac, 19, and Jake McCabe, 16, were today sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court for throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Isaac was sentenced to 10 years in a young offenders institute and McCabe to six years.

Aaron Isaac was sentenced to 10 years in a young offenders institute. Credit: Essex Police

During the trial, Mr Ingold told the court he initially thought he had been hit with orange juice. He ran to a mirror and noticed his face had turned yellow and looked like melted wax. He suffered horrific burns to his face and shoulders.

Judge David Turner said during sentencing that the attackers performed a grave and despicable crime, which their victim "will never and can never forget".

DC Alan Lewis criticised the teenagers for showing no remorse. Credit: ITV Anglia

"Throughout the whole of this case neither of the individuals have shown any remorse for what they did on that day.

Hopefully now that they're both facing substantial terms in prison will allow Wayne to have some closure, and not only have some closure, but to start to rebuild his life"

– DC Alan Lewis, Essex Police
Wayne Ingold was left with life-changing injuries. Credit: ITV Anglia

It is the second case in three weeks where people in the East of England have been sentenced for using acid as a weapon.

Anthony Riley, the former partner of Adele Bellis, was last month sentenced to life in prison at Ipswich Crown Court for his part in arranging the acid attack which left her with life-changing permanent injuries

Wayne Ingold was sprayed in the face with acid as he collected his post from his block of flats. Credit: ITV Anglia

“This was a carefully premeditated attack which has scarred Mr Ingold for life, leaving him with horrific burns to his face, neck and hands, and it has also caused him to leave his home as he no longer felt safe there.

I would like to send a message to those considering using acid or other chemicals in attacks: where there is evidence of your involvement we will work with the police to build a strong case and prosecute you robustly.

The victims in these two cases were very courageous in giving evidence against their attackers who have caused them so much pain and suffering.

I hope the sentences handed down can give them some satisfaction that justice has been done.”

– Jenny Hopkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, said: “this is the second case to be sentenced in just three weeks for our Ar

Click below for the full report from ITV Anglia's Liz Summers.