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Acid attack victim calls for tougher sentences

Andreas Christopheros suffered serious burns when a beaker of sulphuric acid was thrown in his face on his own doorstep. Photo: ITV News

A man who was left partially blind after an acid attack in Truro is calling for tougher sentencing for offenders.

Andreas Christopheros suffered serious burns when a beaker of sulphuric acid was thrown in his face on his own doorstep.

His attacker David Phillips could be out of prison in five years.

Mr Christopheros' attacker David Phillips could be out of prison in five years. Credit: ITV News

Mr Christopheros is calling for tougher sentences for those who carry out vicious acid attack crimes.

I'm going to be dealing with my injuries for the rest of my life. There is no miracle cure there for me so the fact that he could be out in five years just seems ludicrous. It just seems completely wrong when I'll be dealing with the injuries for decades afterwards.

– Andreas Christopheros, Acid Attack Victim
Mr Christopheros is calling for tougher sentences for those who carry out vicious acid attack crimes. Credit: ITV News

David Phillips was jailed for life for the attack at his trial in 2015.

However, that was reduced by the Court of Appeal to 16 years. Phillips will be eligible for parole after serving half of that, so could be released in 2022.

I would rather have been shot and stabbed, the reason being there would be a small scar which would heal in time whereas the destruction caused by an acid attack will be there for life.

We firmly believe that any person who makes the decision to throw acid and the second they throw that acid or any corrosive substance whether they hit their intended victim or not, whether they scar them slightly on their arm or severely as I have been.

Any person who crosses that line should face a life sentence with a minimum term of twenty five years. That's the only thing we see is the deterrent to what is happening in London now.

– Andreas Christopheros, Acid Attack Victim
Recently Mr Christopheros met his local MP Sarah Newton who is a Home Office minister. Credit: ITV News

Recently Mr Christopheros met his local MP Sarah Newton who is a Home Office minister.

We've got a very comprehensive action plan that we are delivering at the moment to prevent the use of acid in these appalling attacks and it's essential that everybody, judges,and everybody in the judicial system uses the full force of the law in what are utterly barbaric crimes.

– MP Sarah Newton, Home Office minister
Doctors told Mr Christopheros' wife to prepare for the worst. Credit: ITV News

Mr Christopheros, who is now 32, vividly remembers the attack which happened in December 2014 outside his home in Truro.

Police inquiries established that Phillips had wrongly believed a person he suspected of sexually assaulting a family member lived at Mr Christopheros' address.

I was unconscious for five days.They sat down with my wife and my mum and said we don't think he's going to make it through the night. Prepare for the worst.

– Andreas Christopheros, Acid Attack Victim