A father has been found guilty of helping to launch an acid attack on his three-year-old son.

The parent and five other men were convicted of conspiring to throw sulphuric acid with intent to “burn, maim or disfigure”.

The six-week trial at Worcester Crown Court heard how the child, who cannot legally be named because of his age, suffered serious injuries to his face and arm at a Home Bargains store in the city.

Prosecutors argued the attack happened during a custody battle over the child with the boy’s mother and that the defendant hoped the attack would show she was unfit to look after him.

He has made a “good recovery” and is living with his mother.

The father, 40, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the child, was found guilty after nine hours of deliberation from the jury.

Co-conspirators Adam Cech, Jan Dudi, Norbert Pulko, Jabar Paktia, and Saied Hussini were also found guilty of plotting to spray sulphuric acid on the boy with intent to cause harm.

The jury are still deliberating on a seventh defendant, Martina Badiova, who is accused of the same offence.

The court was been shown CCTV footage of the moment of the attack, and heard how the injured child screamed “I hurt” after being struck.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said the mother had driven to the store with her children at about 2pm to buy a party gift.

CCTV, which has been played in court, showed her being followed by a silver Vauxhall Vectra, allegedly containing three men who were part of the attack.

She went inside the store with her children at 2.13pm and was followed shortly afterwards by three men.

The child victim was standing with his sibling near a display of toy footballs when a man in a white T-shirt walked past the victim with his arm extended and an object in his hand.

As the man walked away, the boy could be seen looking quickly back towards him before running to his mother nearby.

Mr Rees told jurors: “What you have just seen is that person in a white T-shirt – you can just catch the moment where the arm is extended.

“That really is the hub of this case. That is the acid attack. It is over in a split second.”

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