Esther Afrifa bought a litre of sulphuric acid from a website to prepare for attack. Threw it on Kelvin Pogo at 3.30am while he was sleeping, leaving him wounded. She then attacked him again while he was lying on a sofa already badly injured.
He said: ‘She used to be my world and she did this to me – I can’t understand it’
Afrifa poured acid onto Mr Pogo’s chest at 3.30am on December 22, 2019 and it quickly burned through his t-shirt, a trial at Harrow Crown Court heard.
At first he did not realise his girlfriend was responsible and asked her to get help before pouring holy water on his wounds.
She pretended to call 999, blocked his friends from calling, and cancelled a taxi that was due to take him to hospital.
Afrifa struck again while Mr Pogo lay resting on the sofa with already painful wounds, pouring more acid over his face and body.
He ran from the flat screaming and was helped by a passing stranger who got him medical help.
The boyfriend – who Afrifa wrongly believed was sleeping with a university classmate – said she also tried to get him to drink acid from a Nike sports bottle but he was only saved due to his distrust of tap water since his childhood in Africa.
Mr Pogo, who moved to Britain to study film, was left with continuing mental trauma and permanent damage to his eyes, head, face and upper body.
Sentencing Afrifa to 14 years in prison, Judge Charles Bourne QC called it ‘a truly wicked thing to do’.
Afrifa was arrested after being found nearby loitering in an alleyway. She was taken into custody and later charged.
Detective Constable Tom Dawood, the investigating officer, said: ‘The victim suffered horrific and extensive injuries at the hands of Afrifa and has endured months of surgeries and hospital visits since the attack.
‘I would like to commend colleagues from London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade who attended the scene quickly and provided vital first aid that has undoubtedly reduced the severity of his injuries.
‘I am pleased that Afrifa has been brought to justice for her horrific crime and will now serve a significant custodial sentence.