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17-year-old black youth Derryck John would not have usually been identified but he was publicly named by the judge for the first time due to “overwhelming, huge public interest”.




Miami Herald:

The 17-year-old boy sprayed six delivery drivers with acid over less than two hours on a summer night in London, leaving one of the drivers with “life changing injuries.”

The goal, authorities said, was to try to steal their mopeds. He ended up stealing two of the motor scooters before trying to take the other four, according to BBC News. He was arrested the following day.

Derryck John initially denied the charges and was set to stand trial, but on Monday the teen pleaded guilty to six counts of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to “disable, burn, maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm” and several other robbery charges, the Guardian reported. The juvenile was also publicly named by the judge for the first time due to “overwhelming, huge public interest,” the publication reported.

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