Max Kelly, 23, jumped out a BMW which was driven by his friend when he got out the vehicle and sprayed a bottle of liquid in their face
A reckless thug who splashed cleaning solution in the face of two men outside a pub when shouting ‘I’ve got acid’ has been jailed.
Max Kelly, 23, jumped out a BMW which was driven by his friend when he got out the vehicle and sprayed a bottle of liquid in their face.
Victims Robert Robinson and David Hobson were both enjoying a drink outside The Chalice pub in Dickens Heath in the West Midlands with their partners and friends when a speeding car drove past them.
Mr Robinson shouted ‘slow down, you t**ts’ at the car, which then returned and came to an abrupt halt outside the pub near Solihull.
Kelly – who has four previous convictions including for criminal damage, handling stolen goods and possessing an offensive weapon in July for which he was given a suspended sentence – got out the car and squirted the noxious liquid ‘which smelled like ammonia’ at the men.
One of the victims was wearing glasses which stopped the liquid getting into his eyes, so he picked up a dog bowl of water and threw it over his face. The other stripped off after being hit at 8pm on July 18, highlighting the level of fear of the two men.
Kelly, from Evesham, denied two counts of common assault but was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court. He was sentenced to six months behind bars and ordered to pay £500 compensation to each victim.
Benjamin Prentice, of Solihull, was fined £140 at an earlier hearing after admitting a public order offence.
In court, prosecutor Shahzah Imam read out Mr Hobson’s personal victim statement to the court which detailed the emotional trauma suffered.
It read: ‘I felt more annoyed about the incident than anything given recent acid attacks. I felt annoyed with not being able to restrain the driver.’
Mr Robinson’s own statement echoed that of his friend, citing the emotional trauma he had suffered from the attack. It said: ‘In light of recent acid attacks I have been left shocked about what took place.
‘The mental harm caused was greater than the physical act that took place on the day in question.’
Max Kelly got out of his friend’s BMW and sprayed a liquid in one of his friend’s face. In court, prosecutor Shahzah Imam read out Mr Hobson’s personal victim statement to the court which detailed the emotional trauma suffered
Max Kelly sprayed his victims outside the Poison Chalice in Dickens Heath, Birmingham
Phillip Haycock, defending, said: ‘Looking at the circumstances of the offence, liquid was thrown – it wasn’t acid.
‘It clearly caused a lot of distress to the two complainants but there was no physical injuries caused.
‘At the time of the offence he wasn’t on bail for the other offences and this offence goes back some little while now and the defendant has not committed any further offences.
‘Perhaps that is an indication the defendant is attempting to turn over a new leaf.
‘He is clearly a young man, hopefully he has a long period in front of him.
‘His address in Evesham has been an attempt to get geographically out of the area and disassociate with people.’
Kelly has four previous convictions including for criminal damage, handling stolen goods and possessing an offensive weapon in July for which he was given a suspended sentence