A FRAUDSTER is fighting for life after pouring acid on himself
as he was sentenced to jail.
Marc Marshall, 54, reportedly wailed and screamed before pouring the noxious substance over his face
while being sentenced
to two years and four
months behind bars.
He had just pleaded guilty at the Inner London Crown Court over cheque fraud offences of about £135,000.
The BBC reported that the defendant had been sipping from the bottle as he passed through security at the South London court.
A witness said the man’s face went white as he poured the contents of the bottle over himself.
Police confirmed Marshall suffered critical injuries and was rushed to hospital.
A female dock officer was also injured but escaped serious injuries.
Authorities have confirmed they are now investigating how Marshall would have accessed the substance.
The BBC reported that Marshall had previously stabbed himself in the neck when he was arrested by cops in 2016.
A HM Courts and Tribunals Service spokesperson said: “The safety and security of all court users is our priority and we’re deeply concerned about the incident.
“Police are urgently investigating what happened and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said they had been called to Court 10 at Inner London Crown Court about midday on Monday 29 April after reports of a “serious assault”.
They said: “Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance attended and a male aged in his fifties was found to have doused himself with a noxious substance.
He has been taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries. His condition is critical.
“A female dock officer was also injured by some of the substance.
“Her injuries are not believed to be serious and she did not require hospital treatment.”