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People who carry out ‘life-changing’ acid attacks face life sentences

Criminals caught with acid to receive same sentence as those caught with a knife, says director of public prosecutions as number of attacks grows

Criminals caught with acid can expect to receive the same prison sentences as those convicted of carrying a knife, according to new judicial guidelines that have come into effect.

Life sentences could be handed down to those who carry out “life-changing” acid attacks, even if they miss their target or fail to inflict serious harm on their victim.

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