Man sustains ‘potentially life-altering injuries’ after liquid thrown in his face on Botanic Avenue

A man has sustained “potentially life-altering injuries” after liquid was thrown in his face in Belfast.

The victim, aged in his 30s, was sitting in the Botanic Avenue area at around 2.45pm on Thursday, April 7, when he was approached by a man who threw a liquid onto his face before running off in the direction of Ireton Street.

Following this, he was taken to hospital for his injuries, and is believed to have sustained “potentially life-altering injuries” to his chest and face.

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A 39-year-old man was arrested following the incident.

It’s understood that the victim was part of the homeless community and the attack happened while he was sitting on the street beside a bundle of possessions, BBC News NI reports.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this assault to get in touch with us by calling 101, and quoting reference number 947 of 07/02/22.

“We would also appeal to anyone who was in the area at this time and who may have CCTV or dash-cam footage of this incident to make contact with police.”

“Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

SDLP Botanic Councilor Gary McKeown has expressed shock at the incident.

Cllr McKeown said: “This was a shocking incident in a busy area in mid-afternoon, and which will cause great concern in the community.

“This part of Belfast is packed with cafes and restaurants, and is close to schools and workplaces, so the idea that a violent incident like this could happen in the middle of the day is all the more appalling.

“Police have said the victim had a liquid thrown in his face, causing potentially life-changing injuries. This is the type of attack we’ve read about elsewhere, but for it to happen on the streets of Belfast is horrendous and does not bear thinking about.

“I would urge anyone with any information to please contact the police.”

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