Ex-boyfriend guilty of throwing acid on former partner
An ex-boyfriend who harassed a former partner and threw acid in her face as she walked home from work, has been convicted of the attack.
Lucasz Przybyszewski, 37, followed his 49-year-old victim on a bicycle in Greenford on 10 September last year. She told him to leave her alone and boarded a bus home, calling her new partner to meet her on the other side at around 10.45pm.
Przybyszewski followed the bus on his bike. When the victim got off and began walking along a residential road, he cycled towards her on the pavement. As he approached her, he splashed a corrosive liquid from a bottle onto her face.
Following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court which concluded today (Tuesday, 13 July 2021), Przybyszewski was convicted of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, applying a corrosive fluid with intent and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The victim’s partner came rushing to her aid while Przybyszewski rode off on his bike. She was taken home and police and paramedics were called. The victim suffered chemical burns to her face and the substance ripped through her denim jacket. She is now recovering but still has some burn scars on her face.
Nearly four months before the attack Przybyszewski had made threats to the victim after she had ended their relationship. He placed a white balloon outside her address and with a black marker pen wrote in Polish: “You whore, I will pour acid onto your face but the kids will also pay.”
Some days later he sent her a text message which read: “Be aware that you are not going to look in the mirror ever again.” The messages continued, sometimes even through the night, for around four months.
When Przybyszewski was arrested at his home in Greenford a bottle of orange corrosive substance was found in his bedroom - but tests later revealed this was not the acid used in the attack upon his former partner. The acid used in the attack has never been found.
Przybyszewski will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on 28 September.
David Siebler, from the CPS, said: “This was a cruel and bitter attack on a woman at the hands of a former partner who just would not accept that their relationship had ended.
“Lucasz Przybyszewski relentlessly harassed his victim for months before resorting to acid as his weapon to carry out this despicable attack against her. The impact of an acid attack is devastating and can have life-changing consequences. It was with sheer luck that the victim was wearing glasses at the time and did not suffer serious injuries to her eyes.
“This victim has shown immense courage by coming into court to face Przybyszewski and give evidence against him during the trial.
“Przybyszewski claimed he had been at home at the time of the attack and that the acid found in his bedroom was simply a window cleaner. But the prosecution was able to present overwhelming evidence against Przybyszewski. This included CCTV footage of him tailing the bus the victim had been on and a digital search of his phone which showed he had used Google to search for the ‘perfect’ acid the day before carrying out the attack.
“All women should have the right to make decisions about their own relationships without fearing violent reprisals. The CPS is committed to throwing the full force of the law behind prosecutions against those who commit violent crimes against women where there is the evidence to do so.”
Notes to editors
- Lucasz Przybyszewski (DOB: 6/10/1983) is from Greenford in the London borough of Ealing
- David Siebler is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Crown Court unit in CPS London North.