1. Reality star’s ex-boyfriend jailed for 20 years over an acid attack in a London club.
The ex-boyfriend of a UK reality star has been jailed for 20 years after carrying out a brutal acid attack that injured 16 people, including two Australian sisters, in a packed nightclub.
Arthur Collins, 25, hurled the corrosive substance over a crowd on the dancefloor at Mangle E8 on April 17. Sixteen people were injured and three were temporarily blinded.
Australian sisters Isobella and Prue Fraser, both aged in their 20s, were among those who suffered chemical burns.
Collins began dating reality TV star Ferne McCann - who appeared on The Only Way Is Essex and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! - in 2016. They have a baby daughter named Sunday, but the couple broke up before her birth.
During his trial, Collins said he did not know the bottle contained acid, believing it to contain a liquid date rape drug, which he had snatched from two men after overhearing them planning to spike a girl's drink, AAP reports.
But the jury at London's Wood Green Crown Court convicted him of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm last month.
Judge Noel Lucas branded Collins "an accomplished and calculated liar" who had shown "not a shred of remorse".
"This was a despicable act. You knew precisely what strong acid would do to human skin.
"Having thrown the acid over the club you slunk away and hid in the rear and pretended to be nothing to do with the mayhem you had caused.
"In my judgement it was deliberate and calculated and you were intent on causing really serious harm to your victims."
Collins looked pale but did not react as his sentence was read out, and winked at his family as he was led to the cells.