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Godalming man sentenced to three years in jail for spraying ammonia in victim's face

30 Oct, 2018 09:26 News Behind Bars


A man from Godalming has been sentenced to three years in prison after spraying ammonia in his victim’s face. 

Douglas Ryalls, 47, from Godalming was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Friday, 26 October for a vicious attack on 18 June which resulted in the victim having chemicals thrown in their face.

During the evening the offence took place, Ryalls had confronted his victim on multiple occasions throughout the evening, before his behaviour escalated and he started shouting violent threats towards the victim and their family, and becoming aggressive. 

Ryalls fought with the victim before he walked away and picked up a bottle and threw the contents in the victims face. The substance caused severe pain to the victim, and was later discovered to be ammonia. 

Detective Constable Caroline Katryniak, who investigated the incident said: “Douglas Ryalls is an extremely aggressive man who caused severe pain to his victim. 

“Ryalls’ behaviour was completely out of order, and we do not tolerate this type of behaviour. He was charged under Section 29 for use of a corrosive substance with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which is the same piece of law used for acid attacks. It is unusual for these types of offences to take place in Surrey, but when they do happen, we take positive actions to ensure the offenders are brought to justice. 

“Thankfully the victim took the correct steps when the substance was thrown in their face, and we strongly advise anyone who comes into contact with acidic or chemical substances to follow advice from the NHS to call 999, and then try and carefully remove any contaminated clothing, and rinse the affected area using as much clean water as possible.”

Ryalls was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison following a five day trial, for throwing corrosive fluid with indent to cause grievous bodily harm, and criminal damage. He was found not guilty for threats to kill and possession of an offensive weapon.


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