NEWCASTLE CROWN Court handed down a four year prison sentence to a 24 year old man after he was found guilty of a “cowardly” acid attack on a taxi driver in the centre of the city.
The court heard that Alan Thomas (above), of Elswick, tried to steal an ashtray from a table outside Fitzgerald’s wine bar and was told by a taxi driver, aged 47, to put it back.
Thomas then took a bottle out of a bag and sprayed the cabbie with an unknown noxious substance. The driver said he felt a burning sensation in his eyes and called for help.
Passers-by helped the taxi driver to wash his face and after treatment at a local hospital was told he had not suffered any lasting damage to his sight.
Thomas was jailed for four years after admitting to attempted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and chief inspector Paul Knox, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a cowardly attack on a taxi driver and Thomas clearly deserves this prison sentence. The court has shown that those who use such weapons should be put behind bars, to protect the public from further harm.”