The UK's fastest-growing regional news network
°C | 8°C
18°C | 10°C
19°C | 12°C
See the full forecast for your area.
Sponsored by Britelite.
Home Gravesend News Article
A man who deliberately doused two teenagers in drain cleaner in a brutal revenge attack has been jailed for seven years.
Levi Bruce, 31, of Moultain Hill, Swanley, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent at Maidstone Crown Court today, and was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The court heard Bruce maimed a 16-year-old boy and his 19-year-old brother in Gravesend after he got involved with a family argument.
One described his injuries as "like being burned with a blow torch".
Bruce had visited the pair's home on January 21 this year, where the younger brother answered the door.
After demanding to see the boy's father he left - with the 16-year-old then alerting his brother.
The 19-year-old victim took a car home along Ingoldsby Road, when he was flagged down by Bruce and some other men.
He got out of the car and challenged Bruce, who then sprayed a liquid into his face.
Meanwhile, on hearing his brother had been attacked, the 16-year-old headed off to find the group.
When he arrived, Bruce threw the contents of a white bottle over both of them.
The 16-year-old boy suffered burns to his chin, chest, arms, stomach and leg.
The 19-year-old, who described it as feeling as though he was being burned by a blow torch, suffered burns to his head, face, neck, arms, chest and legs.
Bruce was arrested by police days later.
Speaking after the sentencing, DC Roger Harris, said: "To say this was a malicious and mean-spirited attack is an understatement.
"To say this was a malicious and mean-spirited attack is an understatement" - DC Roger Harris
"Drenching two men in a corrosive substance is an appallingly violent thing to do.
"Bruce claimed in interview that he just threw the contents of the bottle at them in self-defence and had no idea what sort of liquid it contained. I absolutely reject this idea.
"Both victims will be scarred for life from their injuries and have months of medical treatment ahead of them."
He welcomed the news Bruce would be behind bars for the part he had played in the "disgraceful" incident.
Click here for more news from Gravesend.
Click here for more news from around the county.