A still from CCTV footage showing the attacker and the two women who shouted homophobic abuse
Police in the UK are hunting for a man who sprayed a corrosive chemical in the faces of gay clubbers in London, possibly blinding one of them.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a 23-year-old man and his 21-year-old male friend struck up a conversation with another man and two women outside the gay-friendly Lightbox club in Vauxhall.
When the women realised they were gay, they started shouting homophobic abuse at the two friends before the third man squirted concentrated ammonia solution from a water bottle into the men’s faces.
The 23-year-old man’s left cornea was burnt by the chemical and doctors cannot guarantee that his eyesight will return in that eye.
“My face was burning so much, I thought it was acid. I thought I would never see again and my face was melting,” the un-named man told the London Evening Standard.
“He poured every last drop onto us and then turned around and walked away, like it was mission accomplished.
“My friend’s tongue was swollen and it looked like someone had scratched part of it away. It was horrible,” he said.
A few minutes later, the same attacker also squirted a third man with ammonia. All the victims were treated in hospital.
After CCTV footage of the first attack was released, the two women involved came forward and have been questioned by police but were not arrested. The authorities are treating the incident as a gay hate crime and are continuing to look for the attacker.