Mum left with horrific scars in acid attack battered with spade months later
A mum who was left with horrific scars after an acid attack has now had her car rammed and her partner viciously beaten with a spade only monthd later.
Theresa Townsley, 38, suffered serious burns to her face and neck when acid was chucked at her when at her Edinburgh home, in November last year.
Now a court was told how she had her car repeatedly rammed by a lorry and a man battered in the windows with a spade.
Ms Townsley’s partner James Wilson has been left permanently disfigured after being hit with the spade in a row over a £13,000 car, a court heard.
There is no suggestion this latest incident is connected with the acid attack.
Alexander Burke and his son Alexander Burke Jnr have both been jailed at Hamilton Sheriff Court for assaulting Ms Townsley, Mr Wilson and her sister in Lanarkshire, in May.
Ms Townsley, who had moved from Edinburgh since the acid attack, told the court that Burke, 48, owed her partner £13,000 for a Ford Transit truck so they went to meet him in Strathclyde Park.
It turned nasty when Burke arrived with his son and other men.
Mr Wilson claimed that he was hit over the head with a spade by Burke Jnr causing an injury that would have required up to 50 stitches but instead was treated with continuous stitching.
Ms Townsley and her sister Mary Jean tried to flee but her vehicle was rammed by a pick-up truck at a motorway junction.
Burke Jnr, 28, jumped out of the pick-up and hit the car windows with a scythe.
Ms Townsley told the jury: “He put the scythe through the passenger side window and tried to cut me.
“He was saying ‘You’re dead, you’re dead’. We thought we were going to die.
“Burke Jnr smashed the rest of the windows then ran back to the pick-up.”
Burke Jnr was jailed for three years after being found guilty of assaulting Mr Wilson, who was left permanently disfigured. He was also found guilty of assaulting Ms Townsley and her sister.
Burke Snr was found guilty of the attack on the sisters and jailed for two years.
The court appearance came after Ms Townsley's was attacked on her doorstep in the Gracemount area of Edinburgh.
A hooded man threw acid over her when she answered the door.
No-one has so far been brought to justice over the attack.
In a statement earlier this month, Ms Townsley said: "It was the worst day of my life and today (the one-year anniversary, on November 9) is the second worst as it brings it all back.
“Day to day it is still hard, just to go out of the house, to look in the mirror. Most of the time I am confined to the house.
“I am scarred for life. People coming forward with information could prevent someone else suffering as I have.”
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