Monday, 28 September 2015

TRAGIC: A father-of-one is left scarred for life and partially blind after a man hurled acid in his face as mistaken identity

A father-of-one is left scarred for life and partially blind after a man hurled acid in his face in a 'revenge attack' - but had targeted the wrong victim in a case of mistaken identity.
Andreas Christopheros pictured before and after the attack
Property developer Andreas Christopheros, 29, suffered a permanent loss of vision and horrific burns when David Phillips threw the corrosive material in his face.
Phillips, 48, today admitted attacking Mr Christopheros on his doorstep in Truro, Cornwall, after travelling more than 300 miles from his own home in Hastings, East Sussex.
Mr Christopheros appeared in public today for the first time since the incident last December as Phillips admitted his guilt.
He wore sunglasses and a face shield, but the extensive burns across his face were still visible (see above 'after' picture)
David Phillips - the culprit who hurled acid on a targeted wrong victim
Phillips had been due to stand trial for causing grievious bodily harm with intent, but he changed his plea to guilty on the first day of proceedings at Truro Crown Court.
Charges against Phillips' wife Nicole, 45, of perverting the course of justice were then dropped by the prosecution as a result.
Phillips appeared in the dock wearing a scruffy grey jumper to plead guilty to unlawfully and maliciously causing GBH with intent to cause harm.
Phillip Lee, prosecuting, said: 'The crown's case has always been that Mr Christopheros was an innocent man who was targetted wrongly.
'The victim was left with very serious life chancing injuries.'
No further details about the incident that took place in Truro last December were given in court.

But after the hearing, DCI David Thorne, the lead officer in the case, said: 'We believe it was a revenge attack and he did get the wrong person completely.
'He felt a member of his family had been seriously hurt.
'I am not going to go into detail about that incident but he felt aggrieved and thought he needed to take revenge against the person who had done it.
'But he got the wrong address and injured the wrong person. He thought he had the right address - but as it turns out he was in completely the wrong area.
'The whole thing was ill-prepared and ill-thought out.
'The end result is an innocent victim who has been left with serious life-changing injuries.'
Mohammed Bashir, mitigating, said: 'There is underlying reasons why this offence occurred taking into account background and family life.
'It is essentially his first offence.'

Mr Christopheros had several business interests and helped organise the Run to the Sun event, an annual custom car and dance festival which attracts around 100,000 car fans to Newquay every summer.
He is also thought to have worked on BBC Radio One roadshows.
Privately educated, he attended King's College in Taunton, Somerset, before graduating from Plymouth University.
The case was adjourned ahead of sentencing at Truro Crown Court on 9 October. 

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