It’s been eight months since a horrific attack outside London gay bar Dalston Superstore last year, but the gang who reportedly targeted gay men, attacked them and sprayed them with acid have officially been jailed. Yesterday the men who partook in the London acid attack were sentenced to prison terms.
“Nine violent and dangerous men have been removed from London’s streets today and will now spend a lengthy time locked up in prison,” said Detective Constable David Leitner yesterday following the men’s sentencing. “The level of violence used in this attack, coupled with the speed that this incident escalated, are truly shocking.”
It’s believed the gang targeted gay men who were leaving Dalston Superstore one night last May. They jumped one man, beat him up and continued to kick him while he was on the ground, covering his face. When they discovered another man was filming the attack on his phone, the gang attacked that man as well.
One member of the gang then reportedly squirted acid from a plastic bottle into the face and eyes of the filming bystander, causing grave bodily harm.
Says the detective constable:
A group of people who were enjoying themselves at the end of a night out were subjected to a sustained and relentless wave of violence including the use of a corrosive substance – because they acted as good Samaritans to help a male being subjected to a vicious assault.
The original victim who was attacked by the group has never been traced but I hope he, and all those who were set upon by this violent group of individuals, will take some comfort from the fact that this group has been convicted.
Huseyin Onel, who led the gang involved in this London acid attack, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Another, Mehmet Tekagac, was sentenced to 17 and a half years for use of the acid, eight years for robbery and three years for violent disorder.
The other men involved in the London acid attack were sentenced to anywhere between 18 months and 20 years in prison.