A jail term has been imposed on a man who sprayed bleach towards a group of people during an altercation in Lydd.

Andrew Maloney was given a 16-month sentence at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 19 May 2022 after admitting possession of an offensive weapon, affray and criminal damage at a previous hearing.

The 53-year-old, of The Derings, Lydd, was arrested following a disturbance at a kebab shop in the town’s High Street in the early hours of Saturday 9 April 2022.

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Andrew Maloney

Argument

Maloney had entered the takeaway and got into an argument with staff and a group of people inside.

After they removed him from the business, Maloney sprayed a corrosive substance towards the group, causing one man pain to his face and eyes.

Police arrived and tracked down Maloney nearby. The bottle containing the bleach was also located.

Maloney was abusive to officers after his arrest and, when put in the back of a police car, kicked out at the gear stick, damaging it.

Substance

Kent Fire and Rescue Service also attended and tested the substance. It was found to be a strong alkali, later identified as sodium hypochlorite.

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A CCTV image of Maloney with the bottle in his hands

PC Sophia Lateu, Kent Police’s investigating officer, said: ‘Use of corrosive substances to injure or threaten others is totally unacceptable and this case shows we will take action against those who do so.

‘I am pleased the quick actions of officers on the night, and the swift investigation that followed, has led to this offender being jailed just over a month after these offences took place.’

By Ed

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