Father convicted of plotting acid attack on three-year-old son

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A father who plotted an acid attack against his three-year-old son has today been found guilty, along with five others, of conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent.

The jury at Worcester Crown Court heard how a father, with the help of Norbert Pulko, 22,  enlisted Adam Cech, 27, Jan Dudi, 25, Jabar Paktia, 42, and Saied Hussini, 42, to carry out an acid attack on his youngest son.

He arranged the attack in an attempt to shame his estranged wife by portraying her to be an unfit mother and to enable him to gain custody of the children.

Cech, Dudi and Pulko followed the family to Home Bargains in the Shrub Hill retail park in July 2018, where they were going to buy a birthday present. Whilst the boy was looking at some footballs Cech squirted him with acid.

The boy was taken to hospital with acid burns to his forearm and forehead. He was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated.

A week before the attack on 21 July, Pulko and Hussini were seen loitering for hours outside the children’s primary school. When the mother came to collect them, nearby CCTV captured Pulko following the family back to their car, carrying something in his hand before walking away and abandoning his attack.

All of the defendants pleaded not guilty but were convicted after trial and sentenced to a total of 78 years.

Lesley Milner, of the CPS, said: “This was a premeditated, horrific attack on a three year old boy, arranged by his own father.

“We worked closely with West Mercia police to piece together all the evidence that showed each of the defendants’ involvement and to present a compelling case to the court.

“We presented evidence to prove that the boy’s father organised the attack with the help of the other five defendants. They helped him execute his plan to inflict serious injuries to his youngest son to show his wife to be an unfit mother and to gain greater access or even custody of his three children.

“Fortunately, due to the quick actions of the staff in Home Bargains, who applied wet paper towels to the victim’s arm, the seriousness of his injuries were limited. It is, however, too early to say whether he will be left with significant scarring.

“This has been an extremely traumatic time for the victim and his family and I hope that today’s verdicts provide them with some comfort and will help them to move on with their lives.”

Notes to editors

  • Lesley Milner is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands CPS
  • The father denied conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent but was found guilty and sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment
  • Adam Cech (DOB 14/09/1991) denied conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent but was found guilty and sentence to 12 years' imprisonment
  • Jan Dudi (DOB 04/03/1993) denied conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent but was found guilty and sentence to 12 years' imprisonment
  • Norbert Pulko (DOB 01/05/1996) denied conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent but was found guilty and sentence to 12 years' imprisonment
  • Jabar Paktia (DOB 01/01/1977) denied conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent but was found guilty and sentence to 12 years' imprisonment
  • Saied Hussini (DOB 01/01/1977) denied conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent but was found guilty and sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment
  • Martina Badiova (DOB 16/02/1996) denied conspiracy to apply a corrosive fluid with intent and was found not guilty after trial.

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