Man accused of ammonia attack which left alleged victim in hospital

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A MAN has appeared in court accused of an early- morning ammonia attack.

Neil Whitehouse, of Crawley Avenue, Hebburn, is alleged to have squirted ammonia from a water bottle at 24-year-old Ryan Anderson when he answered the door of his home in Fern Grove, Jarrow, at 9.15am on Tuesday

Whitehouse, 35, entered no plea to the charge of throwing a corrosive fluid to cause grievous bodily harm with intent when he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The matter was sent to Newcastle Crown Court to be dealt with.

The court heard that Mr Anderson required hospital treatment for the injuries he sustained.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said: “This is a serious offence. That is referenced by the fact the legislation says it is indictable only.

“It carries a sentencing range of five years to a life sentence.”

Mr Laidlaw asked magistrates to remand Whitehouse in custody until his crown court date.

David Hatfield, defending, urged to bench to grant Whitehouse bail.

Dave Errington, chairman of the magistrates, remanded Whitehouse in custody ahead of a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on April 1.