Arthur Collins loses appeal against Dalston acid attack sentence

A man who threw acid across a packed London nightclub has lost an appeal against his 20-year jail sentence.

Arthur Collins, the ex-boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, injured 22 people when he threw a corrosive substance in Mangle E8 in April 2017.

The 25-year-old admitted throwing the liquid at the Dalston club but claimed he believed it was a date rape drug.

In December, Collins, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, was jailed for 20 years at Wood Green Crown Court .

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London rejected his bid for a sentence reduction at a hearing on Wednesday.

Collins was found guilty of five counts of GBH with intent and nine counts of ABH .

In January, he was jailed for another eight months for using a smuggled mobile phone to call Ms McCann from his prison cell.

Rejecting the appeal, Lord Justice Simon said: "We accept that this was a severe sentence, but these were exceptionally serious offences, and the severe sentence was fully justified."

Of the 22 people injured as a result of the attack, 16 suffered serious burns.

One man suffered third-degree chemical burns to the left side of the face and required a skin graft. Others had eye injuries.

Collins had six previous convictions including using threatening words, possession of cocaine, drink-driving and assault.

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