Teenager left with life changing injuries following acid attack


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A 19-year-old Muslim convert is still in hospital with ‘life-changing internal injuries’ after a man threw cleaning fluid on her.

Aleena Rafiq, 19, formerly known as Vikki Horsman, was attacked on her doorstep and suffered serious facial burns, damaging her throat and lungs.

27-year-old Matthew Wood, who is alleged to have caused grievous bodily harm to Aleena Rafiq, has been remanded in custody by Wolverhampton magistrates.

Vikki Horsman

Vikki Horsman

Aleena suffered serious facial burns when a mystery liquid, thought to be a harmful high-strength cleaning product, was thrown in her face as she answered a knock at the door at a property in MacDonald Close, Tividale, West Midlands.

She also sustained internal injuries to her throat and lungs which have been described as life-threatening by doctors and she remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Wood, appeared in the dock alongside his partner, Lisa Wood, and his mother, Debbie Wood, who are both charged with perverting the course of justice by removing or disposing of items connected to a serious offence.

The defendants, all of Smethwick, near Birmingham, were ordered to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 11th July.

Lisa Wood, 25, and her mother-in-law, 46, were granted conditional bail.

Matthew Wood, is also further accused of wounding Mohammed Rafiq, who answered the door with Aleena at the address.

Two other men, aged 23 and 19, were arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed and an 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of wounding was given bail.

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