A man will spend 15 years behind bars after he donned a disguise and threw acid on his ex-girlfriend.
Milad Rouf, 25, wore a disguise to a property at Steine Gardens, in East Sussex, England on May 20 about 4.20pm.
Police said Rouf wore a disguise “designed to make him look like a black woman of larger build”.
When a woman, 24, answered the door, Rouf threw acid over her face, neck and chest.
The pair knew each other through studies and police said she suffered “life-changing injuries” after the attack.
“Witnesses described the suspect as a black woman wearing a black jacket and a clear Covid visor,” police said.
“The suspect had also handed the victim a note, which named the property’s previous tenant and demanded money.”
Police studied CCTV from homes and a number of businesses and determined it was Rouf wearing a disguise. He dumped some of the clothes in a bin after changing. He also purchased a blue jacket from a department store.
'A premeditated, malicious attack'
Officers searched his address in Cardiff where he was arrested. Police found the blue jacket and two notes describing two disguises and the equipment needed to carry out his attack.
“Costume 1” included a fat suit, perfume and shoes with insoles while the equipment listed an iPhone, formula, gloves and a soup mug.
Rouf denied his involvement after his arrest. In a recorded police interview on May 30 he was asked how he felt looking at photos of the victim’s injuries to which he replied: “No comment”.
He admitted in court in August he was responsible for the attack. On Thursday (local time) he was sentenced to a total of 15 years’ jail.
Investigating officer Rose Horan, with Sussex Police, told the court Rouf’s attack was “a premeditated, malicious and harrowing incident”.
“The evidence we were able to uncover in this case showed that Rouf spent considerable time planning this calculated attack,” she said.
“He changed his entire appearance in a convoluted attempt to get away with this cruel act. He wore padding under his clothing to appear as a large-build female, made his skin look darker, wore a wig and even disguised his motive with the debt note he threw at his victim."
Detective Superintendent Mike Ashcroft said his victim, identified by The Guardian as his ex-girlfriend, “will have to live with the pain and trauma of Rouf’s crime for the rest of her life”.
Rouf’s victim told the court since his attack she has been “in constant physical and psychological pain”.
“The impacts include severe damage to my right eye (which I am still unable to see out of), damage to my eyelids and the skin of my face, neck, chest and arm. I am unable to fully move my neck or close my eyelids,” she wrote in a victim impact statement read to the court.
"So far, I have had five painful, life and appearance-altering surgeries. I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that my life, for the foreseeable future, will involve more hospital appointments, procedures and operations.
"Prior to this attack, I was working as a junior doctor and living independently. Now I am unable to attend work or live my life as normal. I have been robbed of years of my career and young adult life.”
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