BRITAIN’S first acid killer has been convicted of another attack months ealier – after hurling toxic liquid over an innocent mum.
Evil Xeneral Imiuru, 20, also known as Xeneral Webster, launched the hazardous solution which hit Neetta Vaidhya in a Vue Cinema in west London on March 8, 2017, a jury heard.
She thought she had been hit by hot coffee when she first felt a burning sensation in her hands and feet until she saw the acid melting through her blue sock.
Imiuru tried to launch the acid at another man during an argument but missed and hit innocent bystander Ms Vaidhya.
He is currently serving 17 years in jail for the manslaughter of Joanne Rand, 47, in June, 2017 – three months after the attack on Ms Vaidhya.
Prosecutor Lesley Bates told Oxford Crown Court: “Neetta Vaidhya was the unintended victim of an acid incident where the acid was thrown from one person towards another, intending to hit that other but it hit her by mistake – she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Imiuru denied the acid attack and refused to leave his prison cell to attend the first day of his trial before Judge Peter Ross.
Now, the Independent Office for Police Conduct is probing whether cops investigating the Vue Cinema acid attack should have released CCTV at an earlier stage which could have helped bring Imiuru to justice before the fatal acid incident which killed Ms Rand in High Wycombe just a few months later.
Ms Rand’s family said after he was jailed previously at Reading Crown Court: “Had this acid attack in March 2017 been investigated properly at the time, Webster the alleged perpetrator, would have been dealt with and may not have been free to carry out the horrific attack in June 3 2017 on Jo and she might still be with us.”
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On June 3, 2017, Imiuru, was involved in a tussle with another man which resulted in carer Ms Rand being doused in the face with acid as she sat on a bench after visiting her daughter’s grave.
Ms Rand died of multiple organ failure after contracting septicaemia due to the burns.
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