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Man Jailed For "Vile" Ammonia Attack On Strangers

Thursday 28th August 2014

A man has been jailed after splashing what is believed to have been ammonia over six strangers outside a nightclub in London.

Jonathan Lynn

Some of the victims were left with ulcers in their mouths and eyes after the attacks in Vauxhall in June.

Jonathan Lynn, 29, threw the noxious liquid from a plastic bottle over a group of young gay friends outside the Lightbox nightclub, following an argument with one of the group - male model Pariche Frith.

A female passer-by was also hit in the eye with the liquid, as she was nearby when the men were "doused" with the fluid, and later on Lynn sprayed another man whose foot he stepped on in a nightclub queue.

Lynn claimed that he had taken the liquid out for self-defence but Recorder David Etherington QC said the final attack was proof the defendant was "spoiling for trouble that night".

The court heard that Mr Frith suffered eye ulcers and had skin removed from his tongue which made it difficult to eat. He has also been prescribed anti-depressants following the attack.

"He didn't know if he was going to die or end up with no face," the judge said.

Another of the victims had been trying to keep his sexuality from his family and so did not seek medical treatment. He now feels his family have "disowned him", the judge said.

Lynn has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison however Judge Etherington ruled that the attack was not homophobic following statements given by two women - who did not know Lynn but had been standing with him outside Lightbox - that he had told Mr Frith he "didn't care he was gay" during their argument.

"It doesn't excuse for a minute anything you did," he added.

Lynn committed the attack while out on licence after being jailed for seven years in 2009 for possession of cocaine with intent to supply, the court heard.

He had also been sent to a youth offenders institute for 30 months for robbery in 2005.

Lynn has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to causing  three men actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon (the noxious fluid).

During sentencing Judge Etherington QC said: "I make this clear, this was a vile, violent, cowardly and disgraceful attack by you, but I do not find it was motivated by dislike or hate of people of homosexual orientation.

"You wrecked a number of people's lives.

"You decided to go out armed with a plastic bottle containing an unpleasant and, in my view, potentially dangerous noxious fluid."