A brave aspiring model who had acid thrown on her as she celebrated her birthday with her cousin has made her first TV appearance and has vowed to not let the attack break her. (video below)
21-year-old Resham Khan suffered life changing injuries after 25-year-old John Tomlin threw acid over Miss Khan and her cousin Jameel Muhktar as they waited at traffic lights in East London.
Miss Khan appeared on This Morning on earlier today and spoke about the ‘unbearable pain’ she felt in the wake of the attack, which occurred on the morning of June 21 in Tollgate Road, Beckton.
She told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield she would ‘never understand’ Tomlin’s unprovoked attack, but said she refused to ‘let it break me’.
‘I have my good days and my bad days,’
‘In my head I think how can I let this break me when there are so many people there are so many people wishing the best for me?’
Presenter Phillip applauded the student’s bravery telling her: ‘You are remarkable and very beautiful.’
Miss Khan, who studies at Manchester Met university, has had three skin grafts so far and her eyesight is permanently damaged.
Miss Khan said the reason she wanted to speak out on This Morning was to show that she was moving on with her future.
‘The point I wanted to make was if I can face myself so can many other people. That’s why I am proceeding the way I am with my future.
‘I have gone back to uni, I want to open my own business. I want to help other people.’
Her cousin Mr Muhktar was so badly burned in the incident he was put in an induced coma.
He was left deaf in one ear, damage to his right eye and extensive burns to his upper body, arms, legs, back, neck and face.
John Tomlin is now facing years behind bars after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the first day of his trial.
Tomlin, who has six teardrops tattooed on his face, winked at family members as he entered the dock and only spoke to confirm his name and enter his guilty pleas.
He could now face the maximum sentence of life imprisonment when he is sentenced in January.
The Judge delayed the sentencing so psychiatric reports could be prepared after Tomlin’s ‘somewhat random targeting’ of Ms Khan and Mr Muhktar left them with life changing injuries.
‘I’m going to order a report on dangerousness in these circumstances so we are not going to proceed to sentencing this afternoon,’ Judge Canavan said.