Arthur Collins was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for carrying out an acid attack that injured nearly two dozen people in a London night club in April. Judge Noel Lucas said that Collins, 25, must serve at least two thirds of his sentence before being considered for parole, describing the attack as “deliberate and calculated.”
Collins admitted to tossing the liquid that injured 22 people in the night club, but denied knowing it was acid. A British court found him guilty of the attack in November, when he said he thought the liquid was a date rape drug.
Collins was charged with five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm for tossing the acid on a crowd after getting into an argument with a man at Mangle E8 club in London while celebrating the pregnancy of his then-girlfriend, reality TV star Ferne McCann.
“Your case has attracted a great deal of public interest. This is because what you did at the Mangle club…was a despicable act,” Lucas said.
The judge also praised the “extraordinary courage” of three women who testified about the impact of their injuries in court, including 23-year-old Phoebe Giorgiu who described ongoing anxiety attacks in crowded places in addition to the burns on her chest, breasts and arms.
“The thoughts that filled my mind were suicidal,” she said. “Do I want to carry on knowing what’s underneath my bandages?” The sentencing trial revealed Collins had previously made threats to throw acid on McCann’s mother.
He was already serving a six-month sentence for punching a man outside a nightclub in Greenwich and had previous convictions for criminal damage, possession of cocaine, drink-driving and other offenses.