An evil thug who threw acid over an aspiring model and her cousin as they celebrated her 21st birthday has admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the first day of his trial.

25-year-old John Tomlin is now facing years behind bars for the random attack on Resham Khan and cousin Jameel Muhktar as they sat in their car at a red traffic light in Beckton, east London.

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.

Tomlin is thought to have been sanctioned several times ounder the Mental Health Act and has previous convictions for violent crimes including common assault in 2007, robbery in 2008 and assaults on police officers in 2014 and 2016.

Miss Khan and her cousin Mr Muhktar were targeted by Tomlin on Tollgate Road, Beckton, on June 21 around 9:15am.

Tomlin targeted the cousins in a random attack and threw acid through the passenger window where Miss Khan was sitting before going round to the driver side and throwing acid on Mr Muhktar.

The two victims drove off but crashed the car into a fence before getting out and stripping their clothes off to ease the pain.

Mr Muhktar was so badly burnt 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.

Miss Khan was also left with serious injuries to the neck and face after the attack and needed skin grafts.

Tomlin, of Colman Road, Canning Town, admitted two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and will be sentenced on 26 January.