Man jailed after "disgraceful" Gravesend acid attack leaves teenagers scarred for life
PUBLISHED: 16:31 15 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:31 15 August 2014
A man who doused two teenagers in drain cleaner in an "appalling violent" revenge attack has been jailed for seven years.
Levi Bruce, 31, of Moultain Hill, Swanley, maimed a 16-year-old boy and his 19-year-old brother in Gravesend on January 21, leaving both victims scarred for life.
Bruce had become involved in an argument with the brothers’ family, and he flagged the 19-year-old victim down as he was driving home.
When the teenager got out of the car and challenged Bruce, who was with a group of men, he sprayed a liquid into his face which made him feel as though he were being “burned by a blow torch”.
His 16-year-old brother heard about the attack and went to find them, and was also subjected to horrendous injuries as Bruce threw the contents of a white bottle over him.
The 16-year-old suffered burns to the chin, chest, arms, stomach and leg and the 19-year-old suffered burns to his head, face, neck, arms, chest and legs.
After pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent at Maidstone Crown Court on August 15, violent Bruce was sentenced to seven years jail time.
Investigating officer, DC Roger Harris of Kent Police, said: “To say this was a malicious and mean-spirited attack is an understatement.
“Drenching two men in a corrosive substance is an appallingly violent thing to do. Bruce claimed in interview that he just threw the contents of the bottle at them in self-defence and had no idea what sort of liquid it contained. I absolutely reject this idea.
“Both victims will be scarred for life from their injuries and have months of medical treatment ahead of them.
“I welcome the news Bruce will be behind bars for the part he played in this disgraceful incident.”