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Brothers jailed for ‘barbaric’ acid attack on woman

Brothers jailed for ‘barbaric’ acid attack on woman

Two brothers have been jailed after carrying out a "barbaric" acid attack on a mother of six, which left her blinded in one eye.

Billy and Geoffrey Midmore left Carla Whitlock, 37, with life-changing injuries after spraying her in the face with drain cleaner outside a restaurant in revenge for a botched £2,000 drug deal.

Southampton Crown Court previously heard that following the September attack Geoffrey sent a photograph of the bottle on WhatsApp to an acquaintance with the words: "This is one face melter."

Billy, 22, was jailed for 15 years on Tuesday after being convicted by a jury of grievous bodily harm, Hampshire Police said. Geoffrey, 27, was jailed for nine years, having admitted the same charge.

Chief Inspector Debra Masson, of Hampshire Police, said the assault in Southampton was a "premeditated assault carried out by two men of violence" who visited the area to carry out crime and "make people's lives a misery".

She said: "The level of injury caused by such an attack is life-changing, and I know that Carla still faces many challenges, alongside the permanent loss of sight in one of her eyes, due to this barbaric act.

"The evidence shown in court of their behaviour directly after the attack, coupled with their concerted efforts to evade capture, served to expose them as the dangerous criminals they are.

"Although things will never be the same for Carla, we hope that the sentence handed to Geoffrey and Billy Midmore today goes some way to giving her closure and allows her to feel that justice has been delivered."

The men struck outside the Turtle Bay restaurant on September 18, leaving Ms Whitlock with severe burns to her face and eye-lids.

Billy Midmore's trial heard that the brothers had visited several DIY stores to buy a particular brand of drain cleaner, called One Shot, which had the highest concentration of sulphuric acid.

Describing the attack, Miss Whitlock told the trial: "I felt my face was on fire."

Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said the attack had been out of revenge after Miss Whitlock had introduced a man called Levi to the Midmore brothers and a deal with him worth £2,000 had gone wrong.

She explained that Miss Whitlock and her partner were drug users and had recently purchased drugs from the brothers, who are of no fixed address but are originally from London with connections to Kent.

Miss Maylin told the jury: "One Shot is all it takes to clear your drain and One Shot is all it takes to cause a serious injury to Carla Whitlock."

She added: "Because that drug deal went wrong, these two brothers decided to enact their revenge by permanently scarring Miss Whitlock."

Miss Maylin said that the brothers were seen on CCTV later that evening as they took a train to stay at a friend's house in Basingstoke.

She said: "They weren't sorry, they were jubilant, they were high five-ing, they were fist-bumping, they were laughing."