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COLLINS APPEAL: Ferne McCann’s ex Arthur Collins in appeal against acid attack sentence

ARTHUR Collins the ex-boyfriend fo Ferne McCann will challenge his 20-year jail sentence he was handed after carrying out an acid attack in a packed nightclub.

Collins, 26 threw the corrosive substance over a crowd on the dance floor at Mangle E8 in Dalston, east London, in what a judge described as a “despicable act”.

Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London will hear a bid by Collins, now 26, to win a reduction in his jail term at a hearing on Wednesday.

Sixteen people suffered chemical burn injuries and three people were temporarily blinded.

Collins, the father of Ms McCann’s baby daughter Sunday, told his trial he did not know the bottle contained acid, claiming he believed it contained a liquid date rape drug which he had snatched from two men after overhearing them planning to spike a girl’s drink.

But a jury convicted him of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm.

Collins told his trial he had been out celebrating the news of Ms McCann’s pregnancy, which they had announced to her family the previous day.

After the incident, he went on the run and was not caught until several days later hiding out in a house in Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire.

He has previous convictions including threatening words, possession of cocaine and assault, and was still subject to a suspended sentence for punching a man at a nightclub when he carried out the acid attack.

In January, he was jailed for another eight months for using a smuggled mobile phone to call Ms McCann from his prison cell.

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