A BURGLAR who sprayed a man in the face with a corrosive liquid before fleeing to Spain has been jailed for eight years and nine months in the UK.
David Hudson attacked the victim after forcing his way into an address in Leigh-on-Sea at on October 5, 2017.
He sprayed the man in his 20s in the face with liquid from a bottle he was carrying before making off.
The victim needed hospital treatment but, despite having blurry vision for three days, did not suffer permanent damage.
Three days earlier Hudson had confronted the victim outside his home and assaulted him.
Hudson left the country but then resurfaced in August 2018 when he visited the British Consulate in Barcelona where he claimed he was homeless and wanted to travel back to the UK.
The 52-year-old, who is of no fixed address, was arrested at London Stansted Airport when he arrived back in the country.
Hudson was jailed at Basildon Crown Court after being found guilty of aggravated burglary, throwing a corrosive liquid with intent and actual bodily harm.