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Vauxhall Lightbox nightclub fluid attacker jailed

  • 28 August 2014
  • From the section London
Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall
Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall

A man has been jailed for splashing a noxious fluid over six strangers in a "vile and violent" attack outside a nightclub.

Jonathan Lynn, 29, emptied the contents of a bottle over a group of young gay friends in Vauxhall, south London.

He previously pleaded guilty to causing the three men actual bodily harm outside the Lightbox club.

Lynn, of Worcester Park, south-west London, was jailed for two years and four months.

At Inner London Crown Court, he also admitted splashing the liquid on a fourth man in the group and a female passer-by before he assaulted another man, who was sprayed with the fluid.

He also admitted possessing an offensive weapon, namely a noxious fluid.

'Cowardly and disgraceful'

Some of the victims were left with ulcers in their eyes and mouths as well as "significant" psychological problems, the court heard.

The jury was told Lynn threw the liquid over model Parish Frith after the pair were involved in an argument outside Lightbox shortly before 05:00 BST.

Lightbox club
The attack took place close to the Lightbox nightclub in Vauxhall

A woman, who had been standing outside the nightclub and did not know Lynn said he had told Mr Frith he "didn't care he was gay" during the argument.

Sentencing Lynn, Recorder David Etherington QC said: "This was a vile, violent, cowardly and disgraceful attack by you, but I do not find it was motivated by dislike or hate of people of homosexual orientation.

"You wrecked a number of people's lives."

Following sentencing, Met Police Det Ch Insp William White said: "Lynn has never given an explanation as to why he did what he did that night or why he would go out armed with a corrosive liquid."

The court heard the contents of the bottle were not recovered and therefore could not be analysed.

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