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Joanne Rand acid attack: Xeneral Webster pleads guilty

Xeneral Webster Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Xeneral Webster pleaded guilty to manslaughter during his murder trial

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a woman died 11 days after being splashed with acid.

Joanne Rand was sitting on a bench in Frogmoor, High Wycombe, after visiting her daughter's grave on 3 June.

Reading Crown Court heard Xeneral Webster, 19, was arguing with another man nearby when he took a bottle of acid from his bag.

It was knocked out of Webster's hand and splashed the nurse head-to-toe. She died in hospital 11 days later.

Webster, of Banstead Court, Westway, west London, admitted manslaughter during his murder trial, which was accepted by the prosecution.

He also pleaded guilty to affray and having an offensive weapon, namely a bottle containing high-strength sulphuric acid.

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Image caption Joanne Rand died from multi-organ failure after contracting septicaemia due to the acid burns

The trial heard Ms Rand screamed in pain and ran to nearby KFC restaurant to douse herself with water after being splashed with the acid.

She was treated in hospital and was discharged before being readmitted.

On 14 June she died from multi-organ failure after contracting septicaemia due to the acid burns.

Webster previously pleaded guilty to four other offences:

  • Having an offensive weapon, namely a bottle containing an ammonia solution, on 19 April
  • Having an offensive weapon, namely a samurai sword, on 12 June
  • Making a threat to kill on 12 June
  • Damaging property on 12 June

He is due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 15 June.

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