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Medical student, 25, faces jail after admitting he threw sulphuric acid in face of junior doctor

Medical student, 25, faces jail after admitting he threw sulphuric acid in face of junior doctor on her doorstep – causing horrific ‘life-changing’ injuries

  • Milad Rouf, 25, left Rym Alaoui with ‘life-changing injuries’ after the attack
  • He threw sulphuric acid at junior doctor outside her home in Brighton on May 20 
  • Rouf pleaded guilty to a single charge of maliciously throwing sulphuric acid

A medical student is facing jail after he admitted throwing sulphuric acid in the face of a junior doctor. 

Milad Rouf, 25, left Dr Rym Alaoui with ‘life-changing injuries’ after he threw the corrosive substance over her on the doorstep of her home in Brighton at 4.20pm on May 20.

Dr Alaou, who is in her 20s, was rushed to Royal Sussex Hospital, where she works, where she was treated by her colleagues for injuries to her face and chest. 

Following the incident, Sussex Police launched a manhunt to find the attacker and released images of a masked suspect they wanted in connection with the attack. 

Detectives arrested Rouf, who trained with Dr Alaoui at Cardiff University, and charged him with grievous bodily harm and intent to maim, disfigure or disable the junior doctor.    

Milad Rouf (pictured), 25, threw sulphuric acid over the junior doctor on the doorstep of her home in Brighton on May 20

Dr Rym Alaoui (pictured) was rushed to Royal Sussex Hospital following the attack where she was treated for injuries to her face and chest

Dr Rym Alaoui (pictured) was rushed to Royal Sussex Hospital following the attack where she was treated for injuries to her face and chest

Today, Rouf appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a single charge of maliciously throwing sulphuric acid.

Rouf, who wore a white shirt and black trousers in court, stood impassively in the dock as the charge was read to him.

Asked how he pleaded he said: ‘Guilty’ before bowing his head.

Judge Christine Laing QC said she was mindful of the ‘extreme nature of this offence’.

She said: ‘Given the serious nature of this offence I have to consider all options. I also have have to consider the question of dangerousness.’

The court also heard a full psychiatric report had been carried out and would be available on sentencing.

The attack happened on Steine Garden, a small residential cul-de-sac opposite Brighton Magistrates Court, in May.

Dr Alaoui, who was on a day off from work, is understood to have answered a knock on the front door of her shared house.

When she opened the front door she was confronted by someone wearing a mask and sunglasses who then sprayed her with the liquid.  

Neighbours soon called an ambulance and Dr Alaoui was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.   

Witnesses in the quiet cul-de-sac were left shocked by the incident and told how the doctor was rushed into the back of an ambulance.

One said: ‘It all happened before I got home from work but there was a real commotion with police and bystanders and an ambulance.

‘I don’t know the lady who lives there but by all accounts she is quite badly injured.’

Another said: ‘It’s was a horrendous attack and there was a real commotion with police and ambulance. I just hope she’s going to be okay.’ 

Rouf appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a single charge of maliciously throwing sulphuric acid

Rouf appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a single charge of maliciously throwing sulphuric acid

Neighbours in the quiet cul-de-sac were shocked by the incident and told how the doctor was rushed into the back of an ambulance. Pictured: The scene after the attack

Neighbours in the quiet cul-de-sac were shocked by the incident and told how the doctor was rushed into the back of an ambulance. Pictured: The scene after the attack

Dr Alaoui, who is interested in anaesthetics and neurology, studied at Cardiff University where she was the president of the Anaesthetics Society.

She then moved to Brighton to take up a post at the Royal Sussex County Hospital as a junior doctor. 

It is understood Dr Alaoui suffered horrific injuries and will face months of reconstructive treatment to her face and chest.

Rouf will be sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on October 7 and was remanded in custody. 

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