Acid attackers can now be given life sentences, even if they miss their target

Acid attackers can now be given life sentences, even if they miss their target

Thugs who carry acid on the streets will face up to four years in prison under a new crackdown announced today by prosecutors. The Crown Prosecution Service said it would in future seek to charge offenders caught with a corrosive substance with possession of an offensive weapon. The crime carries a potential four year jail term. Prosecutors will be told to bring even tougher charges – carrying a maximum life sentence – against those who throw acid, even if no harm is caused to the intended victim. 

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