Man admits Hampshire acid attack

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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A man today admitted throwing acid in a mother’s face in an attack which left her with life-changing injuries.

Geoffrey Midmore, 26, appeared in court today and admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to the acid attack on 37-year-old Carla Whitlock.

Wearing a grey top, Geoffrey, who appeared via video link, spoke only to confirm his name and to admit the charge.

His brother, Billy, 22, wearing a red top, also appeared via video link at Southampton Crown Court, for the preliminary hearing.

He denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will now face a trial.

Miss Whitlock was on a night out outside Turtle Bay restaurant in Southampton at around 9pm on Friday, September 18, when acid was thrown in her face.

The incident left her blind in her right eye and with extensive burn injuries to her face, neck, and arm.

Some of the corrosive liquid from the attack also damaged Miss Whitlock’s mouth.

Staff from Turtle Bay restaurant, which Miss Whitlock was walking past when she was assaulted, came to her aid.

The mother-of-six will undergo a number of operations over the next six months in the hope of bettering her injured eye.

The court heard that both brothers will remain in custody until Billy’s trial, which is expected to last 10 days and will start on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

Geoffrey will be sentenced next year at the end of Billy’s trial.

The court also heard that Billy faces a separate charge of possessing a bladed article in a public place in August, which will be dealt with at a plea and case management hearing on January 15.