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Acid attacker sentenced to life

David Phillips has been jailed for life Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A man has been sentenced to life at Truro Crown Court after admitting carrying out an acid attack on a man in a case of mistaken identity.

David Phillips travelled 300 miles to Truro where he went to the front door of Andrea Christopheros’ home on 9 December 2015. As the door opened, he threw a beaker filled with sulphuric acid at him. Truro Crown Court heard it was a revenge attack - which got the wrong target.

Andrea Christopheros was left with life-changing injuries Credit: LinkedIn

Property developer and father-of-one Andreas Christopheros, suffered serious burns, lost the sight in one eye and is partially sighted in the other.

David Phillips had admitted unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was sentenced to life to serve a minimum of seven years and 67 days.

Acid attack sentencing in Truro

Mr Christopheros was attacked at his home on Carrine Road in Truro Credit: ITV News

A man is due to be sentenced at Truro Crown Court today for carrying out an acid attack on a man in a case of mistaken identity.

Property developer Andreas Christopheros, suffered serious burns and lost the sight in one eye when David Phillips threw sulphuric acid in his face in Truro last year.

Phillips, who's 49, attacked Mr. Christopheros on his own doorstep after travelling from his own home in East Sussex.

Man admits acid attack that blinded victim

Andrea Christopheros before the acid attack Credit: LinkedIn

A man has admitted launching an acid attack on a Truro property developer which left him blinded and severely disfigured – but he was the wrong target.

David Phillips went to the front door of Andrea Christopheros’ home on 9 December 2015 and threw a beaker filled with sulphuric acid at him. Truro Crown Court heard it was a case of mistaken identity in a revenge attack.

David Phillips admitted unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm with intent Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Supt Dave Thorne from Devon and Cornwall Police told the court that the attack was ‘ill prepared and ill planned’. Phillips went to the wrong house in the cul de sac and as the door opened, he threw the acid in Andreas Christopheros’ face.

He is significantly disfigured. His face, arms and body were burned. He is blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. These are significant life changing injuries.

– Supt Dave Thorne, of Devon and Cornwall Police

Sentencing will take place next month.

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Man in life threatening condition after acid attack in Cornwall

The man was attacked at his home on Carrine Road in Truro Credit: ITV News

A man is being treated for life threatening injuries after he had acid thrown in his face in Truro.

He was attacked in his home on Carrine Road yesterday afternoon.

The 29-year-old victim was attacked at his home in Truro Credit: ITV News

Police say he's now in a critical condition at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Detectives want to talk to the driver of red Peugeot van seen in the area around the time of the incident.

Police want to talk to the driver of a red Peugeot van Credit: ITV News

David Burchell, 83, said: "I was very surprised when I heard something like this had happened on our street.

"It's usually very quiet around here. We're still not entirely sure what happened, but as far as we are aware someone through a chemical in someone's face, just down the road."

Man from Cornwall in critical condition after acid thrown in his face

Police were called to Carrine Road in Truro following the attack Credit: ITV News

A man is in a critical condition in hospital in Cornwall after acid was thrown in his face.

It happened in Carrine Road in Truro on Tuesday afternoon.

The 29-year-old victim was attacked in his own home by an unknown man.

The man was taken to Treliske Hospital, Truro, with life-threatening facial injuries, where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are keen to speak to the driver of a red Peugeot van seen in Carrine Road around the time of the incident.

Detective Inspector Sharon Donald, from Truro CID, said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who saw any unusual people or vehicles in the area yesterday, in particular a red van.

“If you are the driver of the red Peugeot van seen in the area, please get in touch with police so we can eliminate you from our enquiries.”

Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries, handing out leaflets, and patrolling the area to reassure residents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.