Two men have been convicted today, Friday 2 March, of throwing a noxious substance at a man in Hillingdon.
Jonathan Fernando, 33 (01.01.85) of Oakwood Road, Pinner was found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court of administering a noxious substance, robbery and dangerous driving.
Harrison Bryson, 20 (05.12.97) of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at the same court to administering a noxious substance and robbery.
Both men will be sentenced on Thursday 5 April at Isleworth Crown Court.
The incident took place at around 22:25hrs on 25 August 2017 whilst the 25-year-old victim was parked up in his car on Oakwood Road, near Hazelwood Drive, in Pinner.
He was sat in his car when Fernando and Bryson, who were both unknown to the victim, knocked on the window. He wound down his window to ask how he could help them.
Bryson then sprayed a corrosive substance directly onto the victim’s face, eyes and upper body.
The victim felt an instant burning sensation to his eyes and skin and got out of the car in shock.
Fernando and Bryson then got into the victim’s vehicle, with Fernando in the driver’s seat and Bryson in the front passenger seat, and drove off.
The victim headed back towards his home to wash away the substance and then called the police.
Police attended the victim’s home along with London Ambulance Service (LAS) who deemed that the victim would have no lasting injuries. The victim was left with reddening to his face, neck, left arm and a bloodshot left eye, but has since made a full recovery.
Whilst driving the victim’s car – a Mercedes-Benz C class AMG – Fernando drove into two stationary cars causing extensive damage to all three vehicles, as well as crashing into a house on Hayden Drive, Hillingdon and a wall on Wiltshire Lane, Harrow.
Fernando and Bryson can be seen on CCTV getting out of the car and fleeing after searching it for the victim’s valuables. No other valuable were taken.
The car was found abandoned on Wiltshire Lane and forensic evidence linking Fernando and Bryson to the car and the crime was recovered.
The following day, the victim was in the front passenger seat of his friend’s car on when he recognised Fernando and Bryson in the same area where he was attacked. He immediately called police.
Fernando was later arrested on Oakdene Road, Hillingdon after he attempted to evade arrest by climbing out of a rear window at his home address on 18 September and charged as above. Bryson was arrested at an address in Thirlmere Gardens, Northwood, Hillingdon on 29 September and was charged as above.
Detective Constable Stephen Rothwell, from Hillingdon CID, said: “These two men used a corrosive substance to incapacitate the victim before stealing his car.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure criminals like these two men are behind bars and off our streets.”
Anyone with information about dangerous individuals who carry acid as a potential weapon is urged to report it to police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency call 999.