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Lowestoft man, 38, committed to crown court over Pakefield acid attack

12:18 16 August 2014

Police at the scene of an attack in London Road South, Pakefield.

Police at the scene of an attack in London Road South, Pakefield.

A Lowestoft man charged with throwing acid in the face of a woman in her 20s has been remanded in custody following an appearance at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich this morning.

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Leon Thompson, of Alma Road, Lowestoft, wore a blue jumper and jogging bottoms in court and spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

The hearing was related to an incident in London Road South, Pakefield, at 8.20am on Thursday when police were informed that a woman had suffered serious facial injuries after having a corrosive liquid squirted in her face from a bottle.

Thompson, 38, was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to disfigure and cause grievous bodily harm.

Thompson did not enter a plea and has been remanded in custody and will appear at Ipswich Crown Court on August 26. He is also due to appear at Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court on August 21 in connection with separate theft offences.

Meanwhile, a 25-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm remains in custody at the Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

The young woman suffered “life changing” injuries during the assault.

A police spokesman said the victim had suffered serious injuries to her face, neck and chest and would remain in hospital for a number of days.

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