A rogue medical student who disguised himself as a woman to throw acid on his ex-girlfriend has been jailed.
Dr Rim Alloui suffered “life-changing” injuries when her ex-boyfriend soaked her in a corrosive substance at their door in Brighton.
She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital – where she worked – suffering devastating injuries to her face, neck and chest.
The 25-year-old was treated by shocked colleagues after the horrific attack on May 20 this year.
Her ex-partner Milad Rauf, 25, disguised himself as an older black woman before carrying out the pre-planned attack.
The GP was sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to throwing sulfuric acid with intent to cripple his ex-girlfriend and mutilate her.
Alaoui placed the substance in a soup mug, which can carry hot and corrosive liquids.
He will serve 11 years in prison with an extended license period of four years after his release.
Lewis Crown Court heard how Dr Alaoui is now unable to move his neck, close his eyes and lose sight of his right pupil.
Cardiff’s Ville Rauf equips himself with an acid attack kit before traveling to Brighton and then visiting his family in Eltham, south east London.
The former couple had studied medicine and had a brief relationship, which Dr. Alloui ended and left in April.
Rauf began planning his revenge over the next few weeks – preparing a “careful” list of the materials and clothing he would need.
He used padding and wore make-up, sunglasses and a mask before knocking on his ex-girlfriend’s door at around 4.15 pm.
Roof handed the unsuspecting junior doctor a note that read: “Tell that piece of sh*t Max that if he doesn’t pay for VR by the end of six weeks he’s next.”
He signed it: “BLM 3214.”
As Dr. Alaui lowered her head to read the note, Rauf threw sulfuric acid at her face and fled.
When Dr. Alaoui went to the bathroom and tried to wash off the acid with the help of her friends, the neighbors heard “really bad screams”.
Rauf then throws his disguise into dustbins across the city before buying new clothes at Primark and running to his home in Wales.
how can you get help
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone close by.
- Contact the charity for support, including services like the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and supportline.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarize yourself with the silent solution, where you call 999 and press ’55’ if you cannot speak safely.
- Always have some money or bank cards with you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect that your partner is about to attack you, try to get out if you are indoors and get your phone when you need to call for help.
- Avoid kitchens and garages, where knives or other potential weapons are likely to be found. Avoid rooms where you could be trapped, such as the bathroom.
Supportline is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm at 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open on weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]
You can also call the free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
Later tests on the bottle found that sulfuric acid was at least 60% strength. The substance was so concentrated that it scorched the paintwork from its front door.
Since the attack, Dr. Alaoui has undergone five major operations.
Judge Christine Lang QC said Roof was better aware of the effects of sulfuric acid on the body and called it a threat to women.
Roof was arrested after a “painful” police investigation. Police raided his Cardiff flat and found a ‘shopping list’ detailing essential items.
The 25-year-old initially denied the crime, claiming he had attended a party the night before and then spent the day in London.
The court heard that Rauf was suffering from depression following the death of his mother from cancer in March – but the judge dismissed his grief as an explanation for his actions.
She said it was purely motivated by jealousy and anger that was denied and that she “tried to avoid responsibility” in an effort to pursue her medical career.
In a statement to the victim, Dr Alaoui said she fears for her future after Rauf robbed her career and young adult life.
Police praised the victim as “inspirational” for her bravery during the investigation.
Investigating Officer Rose Horan said: “It was a pre-planned, malicious and harrowing incident, and I want to thank the victim for showing such incredible bravery and dignity.”
Dr Alaoui was a popular F1 doctor at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, who had an illustrious academic career.
Victim statement of Dr RYM Alaoui
When I came to answer the door that day, a substance I now know as sulfuric acid was thrown in my face.
From the day I was under this horrific attack, my life has changed.
I live in pain and fear of my future well-being and financial hardship.
The effects of the attack included severe damage to my right eye which I am still unable to see.
Damage to the eyelids and skin of the neck and arm of the face.” I am unable to move my neck and close my eyelids.
I have had five surgeries. I am still trying to come up with more procedures and operations.
I am unable to go to work or live my life.” Years of my career and young adult life have been robbed of me.
The psychological impact on my family and loved ones was immense.
I can’t even imagine why someone would do such a well planned and horrific attack.
I couldn’t understand what was on his mind,” wrote the doctor.
She studied at Cardiff University with a special interest in anesthetics and neurology, and became a top-class student as well as president of the Society of Anesthetics.
She met Rauf and worked with him to exchange research papers and medical news on a website she created in 2016.
Dr Alloui, named as the Marketing Director of the Docbot website, listed her achievements in her online bio and wrote: “In my spare time, I enjoy martial arts, drink coffee (probably too much) and learn languages. I’m so emotional!”
On the site Roof said: “I’m the founder and managing director of Dockerbot. I’m very passionate about preventive medicine as well as medical education, so I put the two together and created Dockerbot in the summer of 2016.”
“I am also in my final year of medical school in Cardiff, and am particularly interested in general practice and anesthetics.
“I am currently the President of the Cardiff University Anesthetics, Perioperative and Intensive Care Society.
“We have an amazing team of junior doctors and medical students, and it is because of their hard work and determination that we have been able to provide our users with high quality content here at Docbot.”
Rauf will serve at least three-quarters of the 11 years in custody before being released on licence. He did not show any emotion while being taken down.