Mohammed Vakas has been jailed for 30 years for an acid attack that left his victim severely disfigured
An acid attacker who left a 25-year-old man severely disfigured in a horrific plot to avenge his family’s “dishonour” has been jailed for 30 years.
Mohammed Vakas was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of plotting to murder Awais Akram.
The victim was targeted because of his intimate relationship with Sadia Khatoon, 24, a married businesswoman he had met on Facebook, the court heard.
When her husband, Shakeel Abassi, and Vakas, her brother, found out about it, they got her to lure Mr Akram out of his flat to the scene of the attack.
There the victim was beaten and stabbed before Vakas poured concentrated sulphuric acid over his head, leaving him with 47% burns and fighting for his life.
Vakas, 26, of Walthamstow, was found guilty of conspiring with Khatoon and her husband to murder Mr Akram.
Fellow attackers Mohammed Adeel, 20, also of Walthamstow, and a 17-year-old youth, who can now be named as Fabion Kuci, of Harlesden, north-west London, were convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
Adeel was jailed for 14 years and the youth was locked up for eight years.
Mr Akram, who survived the attack but continues to undergo treatment for his injuries, has described how he was in so much pain at the time that he wanted to die.
Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, said: “The facts of this case are horrifying. This was a remorseless and a heartless plan. It was to punish and kill Mr Akram in the most cruel and sadistic way. The reason can be deduced as being an unacceptable relationship with Sadia Khatoon and Awais Akram. This was deemed to bring dishonour to her husband and to both families.”