Rahad Hussain, 24, threw acid at at Mohammed Hussain,25, and Mohammed Ahmed,24, causing their face skin to start ‘peeling’ off.

Both the victims were sitting in Mr Ahmed’s Volkswagen Jetta when Rahad waved at them as he drove past them.

Rahad returned a couple of minutes later and threw acid from the passenger side over Mr Hussain.

Mr Hussain said he felt a ‘burning sensation’ and ‘terrible pain’ before telling Mr Ahmed he ‘has a bottle of acid’ and to drive off.

Mr Ahmed stalled the car in panic which caused the electric window to open completely and Rahad emptied the bottle over them.

The court  was told that Rahad, who went the same school as Mr Ahmed shouted ‘you want some’ and then threw Sulphuric acid on him.

The victims managed to reach a nearby shop owned by Abdul Karim who said they came in ‘screaming in pain’ as their skin was ‘peeling off of their faces’.

The shop owner emptied over 35 bottles of water over them which lessened the pain.

Both the victims suffered first degree burns and have been scarred for life.

Mr Ahmed’s eye and ear were damaged as well.

Prosecutor, Stephen Earnshaw said Rahad attacked them for ‘no apparent reason’.

Rahad went to Stoke Newington police station two days after the attack and was identified by the victims despite his cunning attempt of changing his appearance..

Mr Ahmed still takes medicines to help him deal with the psychological damage caused from the attack.

Judge Simon Mayo QC read a note from Hussain in which he expressed how ‘sorry’ he was and how he felt like a ‘coward.’

The judge told him: ‘This was a terrible and unprovoked attack.’

Rahad of Bethnal Green pleaded guilty to two counts of causing GBH and one count of possession of a offensive weapon.

As he was taken away to jail to begin his sentence the court erupted into cheers.

He was jailed for 10 years with no chance of early release and will remain on licence for an extended period of four years after his release.

Rachel Kearton, the Assistant Chief Constable of Suffolk Police and National Police Chiefs Council (NOCC) lead on corrosive attacks, said officers were struggling to respond to the spike without dedicated laws.

“The UK now has one of the highest rates of recorded acid and corrosive substance attacks per capita in the world and this number appears to be rising,” she told a briefing in London.

“It appears that in the coming year we will again exceed previous records for the number of attacks [but] I strongly feel that this is an under-reported crime at this time.”

“There are increasing levels of concern among officers because there does appear to be an escalation in these incidents,” Ms Kearton said.

“I am keen on legislation to be developed to place the onus on the individual to justify why they are carrying that substance.

“We have to bear in mind that these are legitimate substances that often have household uses, that are probably owned by all of us. You’ve got bleach, chemical irritants – anything you might find in a kitchen cupboard,”