THIS is the horrifying moment the ex-boyfriend of reality TV's Ferne McCann threw acid over crowds at a London nightclub.
Arthur Collins, the father of The Only Way is Essex star's newborn child, was today found guilty of carrying out an acid attack at Mangle E8 in Dalston, east London, on April 17.
The 25-year-old has been on trial at Wood Green Crown Court after being charged with the offence, along with Andre Phoenix, 21, who has since been cleared.
Collins admitted throwing the liquid while wearing a 'Candy Killer' T-shirt, but claimed he did not know it was acid.
The court heard he thought it was a date rape drug and had snatched it from two men after overhearing them planning to spike a girl's drink.
He had been out celebrating the news of Ms McCann's pregnancy when he carried out the attack, which left screaming clubbers falling to their knees in agony, rubbing ice on from their drinks on to their burning skin.
One of the acid attack's victims, Sophie Hall, spoke out while Collins was on the run following the incident.
She said: “My face is ruined. You cannot run forever. What sort of person throws acid in a packed nightclub?”
Estate agent Sophie had bought a table with a group of pals for a birthday night out.
She recalled: "I turned and there was a plume of white smoke coming towards me.
"It smelt like petrol and it hit me and was the most awful burning and stinging sensation. There was panic and shouting and I just started crying because my face felt as if it was on fire.
"My friends grabbed me and took me to the toilets and security gave us bottles of water to pour on our faces.
"Then I looked in the mirror and saw how disfigured my face was. The acid had run down my cheeks and burnt into my skin. I was hysterical."
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April 17: A night out for Londoners celebrating Easter Monday turned into horror when acid was thrown across the dancefloor at the Mangle E8 nightclub near London Fields, east London on Monday.
Twelve people had to be hospitalised after the acid attack unfolded in the early hours of the morning.
April 18: Met Police revealed they wanted to speak to Arthur Collins, who had been out celebrating news of Ferne McCann's pregnancy, over the nightclub attack.
They warned members of the public not to approach the 25-year-old, and instead said they should call 999 immediately.
April 23: Collins was tasered by a squad of 30 armed cops as they raided a vacant house in Highham Ferrers, Northants.
April 24: Collins appeared on crutches before court on charges including 14 counts of GBH with intent and one count of throwing corrosive fluid on a multiple persons with intent to do GBH.
November 2: Ferne McCann revealed on Instagram that she had given birth to her daughter.
November 5: The reality star revealed that she had named her baby daughter Sunday.
November 11: Andre Phoenix was cleared of all charges relating to the acid attack.
November 11: Arthur Collins was found guilty.
Another of Collins' victims was Australian model Isobella Fraser.
Isobella said following the attack: "I thought we were getting gassed. I thought it was a terrorist attack or something. I was freaking out just because of all the things that have been happening.
"I actually couldn't breathe and I was coughing.
"And then I just felt this thing on my arm and then I realised it was some sort of acid."
Ferne confirmed her pregnancy after news of the acid attack broke.
She was recently spotted out with her baby daughter for the first time since giving birth.
The 27-year-old announced the arrival of Sunday, who arrived a week early on November 2.
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