A man who threw acid into the car of an aspiring model and her uncle has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The incident took place as they waited at a red light last June in East London, and resulted in horrific injuries to their faces and necks. The man came forward a month after the attacks claiming he had a personality disorder and now CCTV footage has been released, showing John Tomlin committing the act.
Despite reportedly having no idea who his victims, Resham Khan, 21 and Jameel Mukhtar, 37, were, the pair suffered greatly. He believes that the event took place because they were of Pakistani heritage or because they appeared to be Muslims.
Khan had three skin grafts and her eyesight is permanently damaged. Mukhtar was burned so badly, he was put in an induced coma at the hospital. He is deaf in one ear, has damage in his right eye and extensive burns on his upper body, arms, legs, back, neck and face. He made a YouTube video speaking about the incident and calling it "a hate crime." The video, which was viewed more than 169,000 times, also received more than 1,500 comments condemning the crime.
In an interview with This Morning, Khan said that while the pain was so unbearable when she was admitted to hospital after the attack that she actually prayed she would die, she is now refusing to let this break her. Reham currently runs a blog where she advertises and sells her own brand of products that are non-toxic or invasive on the skin. She has shared her picture on her blog with and without make up.
Her bravery and ability to make something out of this hateful crime makes Twitter uses angrier about Tomlin's sentence. See what they had to say below.
He should have been put in jail for life! My heart goes out to Resham Khan 😞— Leigh (@Higgy12) April 21, 2018
The prison sentence for the acid attack thug #JohnTomlin is woefully inadequate - he will be out in only eight years: our sentencing guidelines do nothing to deter crime, mandatory life sentences should apply to all #acidattacks #ReshamKhan @SkyNews #r4today— hello (@cPoliticaUK) April 22, 2018
— LuckySo&So (@IamRealJammy) April 20, 2018
Acid attack victim Resham Khan's message to anyone thinking of carrying acid as a weapon - "don't be a bell end, straight up". Says it all really. pic.twitter.com/2H7Oxb27n3
— Tristan Kirk (@kirkkorner) April 20, 2018
Scum bag John Tomlin gets sentenced to 16 years for throwing acid in the face of 21 year old Resham Khan.. The leniency of his sentence is as disgusting as the crime itself, he'll only serve 8 years.
Acid attacks should carry a mandatory life sentence! #JohnTomlin #AcidAttack pic.twitter.com/T724XDYLcB
— Liam Tuffs (@TuffsLiam) April 20, 2018