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Man jailed for 10 years for chemical attack on 'good citizen'

Thomas Eastwood, 22, has been sent to prison for 10 years after throwing a corrosive liquid at a man. Credit: Essex Police

A thug who threw a corrosive liquid at a man who had broken up a fight has been jailed for 10 years.

The 44-year-old victim suffered burns to his face, eyes and tongue and was left with permanent damage to his sight after Thomas Eastwood threw the concentrated alkaline substance into his face in March 2016.

The attack happened in Vange after Eastwood pulled up in a van and approached the victim with what appeared to be a bottle of water and started to act in a threatening manner.

The victim started to explain he had intervened in the fight when Eastwood, 22, squirted the bottle’s contents at his face, causing him to scream out in pain.

Members of the public came to his aid and he was taken to hospital.

Eastwood from Dartford in Kent was convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent at Basildon Crown Court in January. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday 21 February.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Pudney said: "This was a malicious act which has led to an innocent man suffering serious injuries that he’ll have to live with for the rest of his life.

"The victim had acted as a good citizen, stepping in to break up a fight and preventing someone from getting injured.

"Thomas Eastwood responded with a callous act without care or consideration for the impact it would have.

"He will now have a significant time behind bars to contemplate the consequences of his actions and I am pleased a dangerous man is off the streets of Essex."

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Pudney, Essex Police

Essex Police has praised the investigating officer, PC Keith Corry for "hard work, diligence and persistence" that led to the Eastwood being identified and brought to justice.