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Boy found guilty of bleach attack

Frankie and Benny's restaurant, Leeds
The woman was attacked as she ate with her family at Frankie and Benny's

A teenager who poured bleach over a woman in a Leeds restaurant has been found guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

The city's crown court heard Annette Warden had earlier asked the boy to be quiet as she watched a Harry Potter film with her family at the cinema.

The 16-year-old had admitted causing actual bodily harm but a jury found him guilty of the more serious charge.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on 11 January.

Mrs Warden, 46, had to be treated in hospital after the attack, although she was not seriously injured.

This was a cruel and cowardly attack on a mother enjoying a Sunday evening out with her family
Insp Richard Baildon

The court had been told she was having a meal with her husband and two children on 26 July this year when she was attacked at the Frankie and Benny's restaurant, near the cinema.

The family, from Leeds, had earlier been watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at the Vue cinema, in the city's Kirkstall Road, when they had been disturbed by a group of youths.

The jury heard the teenagers' phones kept going off and they were being noisy, so Mrs Warden asked them to be quiet before calling for a member of staff.

Later, as the family went into the nearby restaurant, the defendant leaned out of a car and swore at the woman.

'Mentally scarred'

The court heard he then went to a service station and bought a bottle of bleach.

The Vue cinema
The family had been watching a Harry Potter film at the cinema

He was driven back to the leisure complex, went into the restaurant and squirted the liquid on to the top of Mrs Warden's head.

The liquid ran on to her face and she had to be treated with saline solution at hospital.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied trying to cause her serious injury and told the court he only wanted to "show up" the woman.

In a statement read to the court, Mrs Warden said: "I was terrified and at the same time scared for my children."

She said: "[The bleach] kept coming and fell all down the right side of my face and into my eyes."

Insp Richard Baildon said Mrs Warden and her family had been left "mentally scarred" by the incident.

He said: "This was a cruel and cowardly attack on a mother enjoying a Sunday evening out with her family who simply asked a rowdy group of youths to be quiet during a film.

"That is something most of us would have done without expecting it to result in the truly appalling actions that followed."

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