A jilted medical student who disguised himself in a fats go well with and black face earlier than throwing acid over his ex-girlfriend in a meticulously ready jealous rage was right now jailed for 15 years.
Dr Rym Alaoui suffered life altering accidents when a former colleague and boyfriend threw acid in her face in a horrific, premeditated and deliberate assault on her doorstep in Brighton.
Milad Rouf, 25, disguised himself as a big, black girl earlier than throwing sulphuric acid over his ex-girlfriend when she answered her door in May.
Dr Alaoui suffered life altering accidents to her face, neck and chest. Lewes Crown Court heard she is unable to shut her eyes or transfer her neck and has misplaced the sight in her proper eye.
Rouf, from Cardiff, armed himself with an acid assault package earlier than travelling to his household in Eltham in South East London and on to Brighton the place he lay in wait for his sufferer.
Milad Rouf disguised himself as a big, black girl earlier than throwing sulphuric acid over his former colleague and girlfriend. He was seen on CCTV carrying an orange hooded jumper, blue denims, white trainers and black face masks earlier than the assault
Rouf, 25, from Cardiff, has been jailed for throwing sulphuric acid over his ex-girlfriend when she answered her door
Dr Rym Alaoui suffered life altering accidents when she had acid thrown over her within the horrifying assault in Brighton in May
Following a search of Rouf’s house in Cardiff, law enforcement officials discovered a ‘buying record’ detailing his disguise
Following a search of Rouf’s flat after the assault, law enforcement officials discovered a ‘buying record’ detailing his disguise.
Her Honour Judge Christine Laing QC informed Rouf she had little question he was a hazard to girls earlier than sending him to jail on an prolonged sentence of 15 years.
They each studied medication collectively at Cardiff University and Rouf deliberate his assault after Dr Alaoui ended their quick relationship and moved to Brighton in April.
A choose informed Milad Rouf (above) she had little question he was a hazard to girls earlier than sending him to jail for 15 years
Within weeks, Rouf had deliberate and carried out his inexplicable assault, the court docket heard. Rouf knew higher than most the impact sulphuric acid would have on the physique, the choose stated. The assault was past understanding, the choose informed him.
‘You considered what you needed to do and the way you had been going to do it and deliberate it over weeks earlier than carrying it out,’ Judge Laing stated.
‘You knew full nicely what you had been doing was flawed and also you tried to evade duty for it to proceed to pursue your medical profession.’
Judge Laing described the assault as inexplicable aside from easy jealousy and anger at being rejected.
Rouf’s voice cracked as he answered Guilty to prices of inflicting grievous bodily hurt with intent and utilizing sulphuric acid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable at an earlier listening to.
Rouf threw sulphuric acid over Dr Alaoui, who is in her 20s, when she answered her door in Steine Gardens, Brighton. The acid was so concentrated it scorched the paintwork off her entrance door.
In a sufferer private assertion, Dr Alaoui stated she fears for her future after Rouf robbed her of her profession and younger grownup life.
She ended their relationship earlier than transferring to Brighton the place she labored as a junior physician on the Royal Sussex County Hospital within the metropolis.
Rouf was seen getting into the Sainsbury’s retailer in Old Steine in Brighton (left) the place he purchased a fruit salad, which was later discovered on the scene of the assault in Steine Gardens. He was additionally seen on CCTV after turning into a unique outfit (proper)
A close-by property with doorbell footage in Brighton confirmed Rouf carrying a black jacket, white trainers, blue denims and carrying a blue backpack – first strolling previous earlier than the assault, after which fleeing the scene after
In the assertion, Dr Alaoui wrote: ‘When I got here to reply the door that day, a substance I now know to be sulphuric acid was thrown into my face.
How police pieced collectively his actions and tracked him down
Following the assault on Steine Gardens in Brighton on May 20 this yr, police started conducting house-to-house enquiries and recognized a close-by property with doorbell footage.
This confirmed Rouf carrying a black jacket, white trainers, blue denims and carrying a blue backpack – first strolling previous earlier than the assault, after which fleeing the scene after.
From there, officers carried out a trawl of town’s CCTV cameras to hint the suspect’s actions.
This concerned contacting dozens of companies to entry their footage and watching a whole lot of hours of CCTV to determine the place and when Rouf went.
They had been in a position to see Rouf ran from Steine Gardens onto Edward Street after which Princes Street. Rouf was subsequent seen in Old Steine however carrying completely different footwear – now black trainers with white soles.
Rouf was seen once more heading down the steps to the east of Brighton Pier. He was seen altering for round 5 minutes earlier than re-emerging trying of smaller construct, carrying a big white bag and carrying a beanie hat and glasses.
Rouf then disposed of the white bag in a bin on the seafront. He then walked across the metropolis, stopping at varied bins alongside the way in which, earlier than heading to the Primark retailer to purchase a sweatshirt, blue jacket with white element and a cream backpack. He put the garments on within the retailer after which left, returning twice extra to purchase sun shades and an ‘LA’ baseball cap.
From there, the suspect returned to the seafront and requested a safety guard what time the bins are emptied, as a result of he believed he had unintentionally thrown away a telephone. He retrieved a mobile phone from a pair of denims in a bin, earlier than leaving the realm and heading in direction of Brighton prepare station the place he boarded a prepare for London Victoria.
Rouf was recognized from CCTV pictures after disposing of his disguise, and from descriptions supplied by witnesses. He was arrested at his house in Cardiff, the place a blue jacket matching the one bought by the suspect in Primark was discovered. Further enquiries in Cardiff uncovered the LA baseball cap and the cream backpack.
Officers looking out his deal with additionally discovered a hand-written record in his bedside drawer titled ‘costume 1’ and itemizing various objects – nearly all of which matched tools and clothes worn by the suspect on the time of the assault.
Police additionally labored to ascertain Rouf’s actions earlier than the assault. They discovered he arrived within the metropolis by prepare that morning, and was seen on CCTV carrying an orange hooded jumper, blue denims, white trainers and black face masks. He was additionally carrying a blue backpack.
He was seen lingering round Edward Street for a lot of the morning, typically drawing on a notepad. He was additionally seen getting into the Sainsbury’s retailer in Old Steine the place he purchased a fruit salad – this was later discovered on the scene of the assault in Steine Gardens.
‘Since the day I used to be topic to this horrific assault, my life has modified. I stay in ache and worry of my future wellbeing and monetary hardship.
‘The impression of the assault contains extreme harm to my proper eye which I’m nonetheless unable to see out of. Damage to eye lids and harm to pores and skin on face neck and arm.
‘I’m unable to maneuver my neck and shut my eyelids. I’ve had 5 surgical procedures. I’m nonetheless making an attempt to return to phrases with extra procedures and operation.
‘I’m unable to attend work or stay my life. I’ve been robbed of years of my profession and younger grownup life. The psychological impact had been colossal on me my household and family members.
‘I can not start to think about why any person would commit such a premeditated and horrible assault. I can not perceive what was in his thoughts,’ the physician wrote.
She was taken from her flat to the close by Royal Sussex Hospital the place she labored and was handled by colleagues.
Rouf knocked on her door disguised as a big, black girl earlier than throwing acid over her at 4.20pm on May 20.
Rouf confirmed his ex-girlfriend a notice and threw the acid in her face as she seemed all the way down to learn it. He dumped his disguise in bins throughout town earlier than shopping for new garments in Primark and fleeing to his house in Wales.
A neighbour stated they heard a ‘actually dangerous scream’ earlier than seeing the younger girl being led out of the property with a blanket over her head.
‘I got here working down as a result of I could not see something from the window as a result of it gave the impression of a scream that you simply by no means need to hear. A severe scream. I knew it was a younger girl.
‘I could not work out the place the noise had come from, I got here again in after which the following minute there was a load of police and ambulance outdoors. She had a blanket over her.’
A second neighbour described how they noticed an acid assault package on the highway outdoors the property after the assault.
He stated: ‘I went out at about 9pm yesterday to get some bits from the store and there was a plastic field with a printed notice inside that stated ‘acid assault package’.’
Police carried out in depth enquiries following the incident, together with inspecting hours of CCTV footage to observe Rouf’s actions.
A spokesman for Sussex Police stated: ‘When the sufferer opened the door, he threw a corrosive substance over her earlier than fleeing the scene.
‘The sufferer, who was recognized to Rouf via their research, suffered life-changing accidents on account of the assault. Officers discovered he had disguised himself as a girl to hold out the assault.
‘As he fled the scene, he discarded objects of his costume in bins throughout town, earlier than shopping for new clothes from Primark.
‘After his arrest, a search of his house deal with in Cardiff discovered objects matching the clothes he purchased in Brighton, in addition to a hand-written record of the objects he included in his disguise.’
Investigating officer Rose Horan stated: ‘This was a premeditated, malicious and harrowing incident, and I’d wish to thank the sufferer for displaying such unbelievable bravery and dignity all through. She has been inspirational.
‘I might additionally wish to thank the various officers who responded to the incident and the broader group for their enormous assist in our investigation. We approached and engaged with a variety of companies within the metropolis centre they usually supplied us with a whole lot of hours of CCTV.
‘In the tip, it was this footage that enabled us to hint Rouf’s actions via town and construct a powerful case towards him, which has resulted in a responsible plea at court docket.’
Rouf, of Newport Road, Cardiff, describes himself because the founder and managing director of a web site referred to as DocBot since 2016.
Rouf is seen on CCTV in two of the photographs launched by the Crown Prosecution Service right now following his sentencing
Dr Alaoui is named as advertising and marketing director of DocBot. Rouf describes the location as created by junior medical doctors and ultimate yr medical college students within the UK.
‘Our objective is to extend consciousness of well being points and debunk myths, with our mission being to cut back preventable diseases throughout the UK.’
In her online bio, Dr Alaoui wrote: ‘My identify is Rym and I’m the advertising and marketing and finance supervisor at DocBot! I’m presently working as an F1 physician in Brighton.
‘I’m significantly excited by neurology and anaesthetics, and was the president of the Cardiff University Anaesthetics, Perioperative and Intensive Care Society.
‘In my free time, I take pleasure in martial arts, consuming espresso (in all probability an excessive amount of) and am very captivated with languages!’
Rouf described himself because the Taker of Naps as a part of his online assertion. ‘My identify is Milad and I’m the founder and managing director of DocBot.
‘I’m very captivated with preventative medication in addition to medical schooling, therefore I put the 2 collectively and created DocBot in the summertime of 2016.
‘I’m additionally in my ultimate yr of medical college at Cardiff, and am significantly normally follow and anaesthetics.
The noxious substance was thrown over Dr Alaoui on Steine Gardens in Brighton in May, and she or he was taken to hospital
‘I’m presently the president of Cardiff University Anaesthetics, Perioperative and Intensive Care Society.
‘We have a tremendous workforce of junior medical doctors and medical college students, and it is due to their exhausting work and willpower that we’re in a position to present our customers with prime quality content material right here at DocBot.
Rouf was sentenced to 11 years custody with an prolonged sentence of one other 4 years.
He will serve a minimum of three quarters of the 11 years in custody earlier than being launch on licence. He confirmed no emotion as he was taken down.
Joe Pullen from the Crown Prosecution Service stated: ‘This was a surprising and pre-mediated assault – motivated by jealousy and failure to just accept the tip of their relationship – which has left a younger girl with life-changing accidents.
‘My ideas right now are with this courageous girl, whose energy and resilience all through the investigation and prosecution is inspiring. I hope she will discover some consolation from right now’s sentence.
‘I moreover want to thank Sussex Police for their excellent work in uncovering Rouf’s elaborate disguise.
‘I’m happy we had been in a position to construct a powerful and swift case towards him, utilizing in depth bodily and CCTV proof, which noticed him pleading responsible to essentially the most acceptable cost of making use of a corrosive fluid with intent.
‘This violence has no place in our society. The CPS is dedicated to defending victims from home abuse via our shut working with the police to construct the strongest potential instances and prices acceptable to the crime.’