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Teen jailed for 17 years over acid attack killing

SENTENCED: Xeneral Webster (Photo credit: Thames Valley Police)

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for 17 years over the death of a woman who suffered burns as he threatened another man with a bottle of sulphuric acid.

Joanne Rand was visiting her daughter's grave when she was hit with the high-strength corrosive substance on June 3, 2017.

The 47-year-old nurse was sitting on a bench in Frogmoor, High Wycombe, when Xeneral Webster was trying to steal a bike from another man.

He pulled out a bottle containing the acid from his satchel during the confrontation - which the other man knocked out of his hand and kicked away.

The mother-of-three felt a liquid land on her and screamed in pain.

She ran to a nearby branch of KFC for help and to splash water over herself, Reading Crown Court heard.

Ms Rand suffered "painful and disfiguring burns" to 5% of her body and received treatment for her injuries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury.

She died 11 days later from multiple organ failure after contracting septicaemia due to the acid burns.

Webster, fled the scene on the bike he had taken from the other man, put on a balaclava and retrieved the bottle before disposing of it, Lesley Bates, prosecuting, told the court.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in April during his murder trial, and also admitted possessing an offensive weapon, namely acid, and pleaded guilty to a charge of affray.

As she sentenced Webster, Judge Angela Morris said: "You and your actions bear the responsibility for her (Ms Rand's) tragic demise.

"The cost of your actions on that fateful Sunday afternoon are incalculable for her family and friends."

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