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Tividale 'acid attack victim struck in revenge plot'

A 19-year-old woman was left with "terrible burns" when she was doused with acid in a revenge attack by her elderly former lover, a court heard.

Vikki Horsman was attacked at a house in Tividale, West Midlands in April, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Mohammed Rafiq, 80, of Cheshire Road, Smethwick, denies inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

Shannon Heaps, of Queens Avenue, Tividale and Steven Holmes, of Allan Close, Smethwick, also deny the charge.

Mr Rafiq also denies perverting the course of justice.

'Terrible burning pain'

Anthony Warner, prosecuting, described Mr Rafiq as "controlling".

The jury heard Ms Horsman converted to Islam and changed her name to Aleena Rafiq in 2013, after starting a sexual relationship with him.

Mr Warner told the court Mr Rafiq became increasingly "obsessed" with her movements, even going through her personal possessions.

The prosecutor said the defendant planned the attack with Mr Heaps, 23, and Mr Holmes, 25, who is alleged to have carried out the assault in the porch of a house on 15 April.

Seconds before, Ms Horsman was told by Mr Rafiq there was a man was at the front door of the house, after he arrived a few minutes before the attack.

When she opened the door "a black liquid" struck her in the face and neck, the jury heard.

Mr Warner said she "screamed loudly", felt a "terrible burning pain" and looking at a nearby mirror saw the skin on her face "blistering".

'A loud scream'

Afterwards, Ms Horsman was treated for deep burns, requiring specialist surgery to her face, neck, shoulders, and upper leg, and had "many years" of treatment ahead, the jury heard.

Before the attack, Mr Rafiq handed a carrier bag allegedly containing the acid to Mr Holmes, the jury heard.

The court was told one witness described hearing "a loud scream", with Mr Holmes appearing moments later and telling them to "run".

CCTV footage showing Mr Heaps and Mr Holmes heading to and from the address, was shown in court.

The trial, expected to last up to three weeks, continues.

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