Saturday, 25 June 2022

Schoolgirl jailed after pouring acid into rival’s viola case


A “wicked” Scottish schoolgirl has been jailed over an acid attack that left another student scarred for life.

Emily Bowen, 18, poured drain cleaner into a viola case owned by fellow student Molly Young in response to news that Molly was dating her former boyfriend.

The incident left Molly with severe burns to her legs after she pulled the case off a shelf, leaving the acid to pour out, disintergrating her tights and burning her skin.

Bowen previously admitted to carrying out the attack at Knox Academy in Haddington, near Edinburgh on September 29 last year.

She was sentenced to 21 months jail after she admitted she knew the case would have to be removed from a shelf by the victim and would cause her injury.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard the two girls were acquaintances and members of the school orchestra before the incident.

However, the “talented musicians” fell out after Ms Young began going out with an ex-partner of her attacker.

Bowen purchased the 91 per cent sulphuric acid drain cleaner online.

Molly said she was aware of an “eggy smell” and saw red liquid spilling from the bottom of the case onto her leg.

The court heard that she continues to suffer psychological problems and has “shooting pains and nerve damage” due to the attack.


Bowen was seen crouching in the otherwise empty classroom by a fellow pupil minutes before the attack.

During the investigation, police seized Ms Bowen’s phone which contained search history of acid attacks and how long acid attackers are jailed for.

Sheriff Michael O’Grady described the attack as “utterly wicked”.

“You have left a young woman to suffer a terrifying ordeal and she will be both physically and mentally scarred for the rest of her life,” he said.

“You should understand there is currently a very real public concern and fear about the emergence of this awful substance.

“It must be plain to anyone who resorts to acid for whatever purpose that the courts will not tolerate its possession or use for any criminal act.

“It is with considerable regret that I have come to the conclusion that nothing but a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

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