Two people were on Thursday, March 24, jailed for a total of 25 years in connection with an incident where a man had acid thrown in his face. Following an eight day trial at Basildon Crown Court, Ashley Russell, 29 of Sunnedon, Basildon and Christina Storey, 31 of Studland Avenue, Wickford were found guilty of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to do great bodily harm during the incident which happened in Kingsmere, Thundersley on June 3 2014. Russell was sentenced to 17 years in prison and Storey to 8 years.
The court heard that Russell and Storey followed Darren Pidgeon as he drove his car through Thundersley. When the cars both stopped in a dead end, Russell approached Darren's car, squirted acid in his face and punched him before getting back in the car which was driven off by Storey. The incident left Darren with serious and life changing injuries.
DI Chris Rose said: "I am pleased that the jury have found Russell and Storey guilty of this appalling and unprovoked attack. This has been a long and difficult investigation for Darren and his family and I hope that this verdict can provide them with an element of closure and the knowledge that justice has been done. It should also send a message to anyone considering carrying out this type of crime that they will be found and put before the courts."