A teenage schoolgirl who left a classmate scarred after an acid attack has been jailed.
Emily Bowen poured drain cleaner into a viola case owned by school pupil Molly Young after she had found out the girl had started dating a former boyfriend.
The instrument was destroyed and Ms Young was severely injured when she pulled her viola case from a shelf and the acidic liquid poured over her legs.
The victim was left ‘screaming in pain’ as the acidic drain cleaner burned her clothes and onto her skin during the incident at a music room at Knox Academy, in Haddington, East Lothian.
Bowen, now 18, admitted to recklessly and culpably pouring sulphuric acid into a viola case in the knowledge it would be removed from a shelf by the victim causing sulphuric acid to spill onto her legs, all to her injury and permanent disfigurement, at Knox Academy, Haddington, East Lothian, on September 29 last year.
She appeared back at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for sentencing where a sheriff described the acid attack as ‘utterly wicked’.
Sheriff Michael O’Grady QC said: ‘In the period leading up to these events you actually researched this topic and you of all people should have been aware of the potentially horrendous consequences for any young woman maimed by this mechanism.
‘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.’
Bowen planned the revenge attack and bought a bottle of drain cleaner online last September and hid it in her school locker.
She then sneaked into the school’s music room where all the pupil’s instruments are stored and poured the drain cleaner – which contained 91% sulphuric acid – into Ms Young’s viola case.
But the plan to destroy her love rival’s instrument went wrong when the acid poured from the case onto the girl’s legs leaving her with horrific injuries and subsequently suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
Sheriff O’Grady said he had no option but to jail the 18-year-old acid attacker for 21 months.
He also banned Bowen from contacting her victim after sentencing her to a five year non-harassment order.
The girls were acquaintances and both were members of the East Lothian school’s orchestra before the incident.
Bowen played the clarinet while victim Molly played the viola.
The ‘talented musicians’ fell out when the victim began going out with an ex-partner of the teenage attacker.
Prosecutor Aidan Higgins said both pupils were in sixth year and in the school orchestra at the time of the offence.