Billy Midmore found guilty of acid attack

12/04/2016

Billy Midmore, 22 from Old Malden (Surrey) was today at Southampton Crown Court found guilty of grievous bodily harm for the acid attack on Carla Whitlock, 36, in Southampton on September 18th 2015.

His brother Geoffrey Midmore also from Old Malden, 26, pleaded guilty at an earlier stage of the proceedings and will be sentenced at the same time as his brother Billy.

Following the conviction, Kerry Maylin, Principal Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service Wessex said: "Billy and Geoffrey Midmore launched a vicious attack on Carla Whitlock that left her disfigured, her face scarred and the permanent loss of sight in one eye.

"Only an hour following the attack they could be seen on the CCTV of the train high five-ing and fist bumping. They were not sorry, they were jubilant.

"The jury at Southampton Crown Court heard how the two brothers had planned their attack by visiting DIY stores to purchase drain cleaner. The one they chose was highly concentrated in sulphuric acid and there is no doubt that their intention was to cause serious harm.

"Their motive was a drug deal that had gone wrong, which the brothers said involved Ms Whitlock, in which they ended up having drugs and money taken. Thinking that Ms Whitlock was responsible they attacked her in the evening, in the busy town centre of Southampton.

"Nothing justifies the crime they committed on Ms Whitlock. She suffered greatly from her injuries at the time of her attack and her scars will always be a reminder of what the Midmore brothers did to her.

"We would like to thank all the witnesses who gave evidence in this case and we hope that with these convictions Ms Whitlock will now be able to move on with her life."