A convicted fraudster has been left with life-threatening injuries after dousing his own face in acid in court as a judge sentenced him to years behind bars.
The BBC reports Marc Marshall, 54, was heard to wail and scream suddenly in the dock as the judge imposed a two years and four months prison sentence.
A witness described the smell of acid and the man’s face as turning white “like he had glue on his skin.”
It is believed Marshall may even have drunk some of the dangerous substance.
The BBC reports court officials rushed jugs of water to the dock in an attempt to dilute the substance he had splashed on himself.
However, he was rushed away by paramedics who described his injuries as life-threatening.
A female dock officer was also injured in the incident at Inner London Crown Court on Monday but did not need hospital treatment, the Metropolitan Police said.
The BBC reports the case was delayed because Marshall suffered serious medical problems after stabbing himself in the neck when police arrested him in 2016.
He was reportedly in court for sentencing that day after earlier pleading guilty to a series of cheque fraud offences involving £135,000.
Marshall was reported to have been carrying a metal water bottle but CCTV footage is said to have shown him sipping from it as he went through security.
A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to Court 10, Inner London Crown Court, at 12.01pm on Monday, 29 April, following reports of a serious assault.
“Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended and a male aged in his fifties was found to have doused himself with a noxious substance.
“He has been taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries. His condition is critical. ”
“A female dock officer was also injured by some of the substance.
“Her injuries are not believed to be serious and she did not require hospital treatment.”
A HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokesman told the BBC it would be “urgently investigating” the circumstances surrounding the incident.