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Future lawyer daughter of top QC in acid attack shame

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Emily Bowen’s reported place to study law at Aberdeen Uni put on hold as she’s sent to prison

Knox Academy and One Shot drain cleaner

A young aspiring lawyer who carried out an “utterly wicked” acid attack on a school love rival has been jailed.

Emily Bowen, 18, was handed a 21-month custodial sentence after she admitted pouring One Shot drain cleaner, containing 91% sulphuric acid, into the viola case of a fellow student. Molly Young — who attended Knox Academy in Scotland along with Bowen — suffered burns and scarring to her legs when she removed the acid-filled instrument case from a shelf.

Bowen was said to have carried out the attack back in September 2016 after discovering that Young had started dating her ex-boyfriend. She admitted to recklessly and culpably pouring sulphuric acid into the viola case at a court appearance in June.

According to the Mail Online, Bowen, daughter of civil and commercial law specialist Andrew Bowen QC, was due to study law at Aberdeen University. An unnamed family friend said:

Emily had been accepted to Aberdeen University to take a law degree. She is a very intelligent girl and she would have sailed through any degree she wanted to do. She has always looked up to her father Andy and I think it was a dream of hers to follow him in his profession.

Citing data protection laws, a spokesperson for Aberdeen University was unable to disclose to Legal Cheek whether Bowen had secured a place at their law school. Bowen’s father is listed as a member of Edinburgh’s Terra Firma Chambers and of Leeds/Newcastle set New Park Court Chambers.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard last week how the wannabe lawyer had researched acid attacks in the period leading to the incident, and had penned a letter purporting to be from the victim in a bid to justify her actions. The letter was addressed to Bowen and demanded that she end her own life.

Jailing Bowen for the “utterly wicked” attack, Sheriff Michael O’Grady said:

You have left a young woman to suffer a terrifying ordeal and she will be physically and mentally scarred for the rest of her life.

The awful attack is reminiscent of the criminal law classic of DPP v K, a regular on LLB syllabuses.

Students will recall the 90s case involved a 15-year-old boy who took some acid from a science lesson and placed it into the hand drier of the school toilet. With the nozzle left pointing upwards, another pupil came into the toilet to use the hand drier and inadvertently squirted acid onto his own face. The court went on to rule that the application of force in a case of battery need not be directly applied.

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43 Comments

Anonymous

Hell hath no fury…

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Anonymous

If you are going to quote Congreve at least do so correctly:

Heav’n has no rage like love to hatred turn’d ,
Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d

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Anonymous

I rely on P. G. Wodehouse via the medium of Bertie Wooster for most of my literary references.

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Anonymous

A wise choice.

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Anonymous

Don’t worry. Since she’s a white woman, she’ll get off scot-free and be allowed to pursue her career with no problems despite committing a horrendous crime that any man would be justly punished for because of her ‘considerable talents’

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JD Partner

I can think of some talents that make up for past blips such as these!

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Goon Finder

Why are you making it about race, you goon..

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Anonymous

It kind of is, isn’t it? White people get more lenient sentences on average – that is simply a fact.

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Anonymous

Not only white people but white women especially

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Anonymous

Empirical evidence?

Anonymous

Goon is only one letter off a very racist word!

Were you trying to be clever?

Anonymous

i think the post-er was also referring to the preferntial bias towards females (as opposed to treatment of males) – its true

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Anonymous

Aberdeen?

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Aberdeen

Yes?

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Anonymous

Oh sorry to bother you, just didn’t realise you could do a law degree in Aberdeen.

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Anonymous

They have been teaching it there since 1495…

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Anonymous

Someone should tell the city firms that………..

Amused

My thoughts as well:
>a bright girl who could sail past any degree
>goes to aberdeen

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Libeturd Lefty

I believe it is pone of the three Scottish Ancients

Anonymous

*Four – Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Aberdeen

Anonymous

Oh crumbs. What awful morals. The school looks pleasant enough, judging by the head teacher’s current blog. The wider press reports that she had autism and depression. I would guess , therefore, that she was on medication. Could the medication have prevented her brain from coping with the stress of another pupil dating her ex ? Could the medication have had a role in the dark thoughts ?

Shh, don’t say anything about the meds or the medical profession. There’s pension funds investment portfolios riding on both. Poor lasses, what a terrible shame.

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Anonymous

I find it sad that this girl is getting 21 months for permanently disfiguring someone out of jealously. She is clearly calculated and cold and should be locked up for way longer.

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Anonymous

She should be forced to sleep in the same bed as a scary looking clown-teddy-bear that has a very loud speaker insider it which is controlled by the victim.

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Anonymous

It doesn’t matter whether she is autistic or depressed. Medication does not make you want to disfigure someone. Anti-depressants may make you feel tired and zombie like, but they do not cloud your judgement as to what is right or wrong.

This girl researched the attacks and the consequences. She knew very plain well that what she was doing.

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Anonymous

If only medics and pharmaceutical companies were as blame free as you would have the legal cheek public believe.

Take Prozac for example. This is on the list of essential medication as stipulated by WHO.

On close inspection of Wikipedia it can increase suicidal tendencies in under 25s and can result in mania, even though to alleviate both is linked to what it is prescribed for. Mania, if you click the Wikipedia link, includes violence.

I would suggest, for the sake of argument, that we had a pleasant, scholarly young lady here and her downfall was that she was referred to a doctor about something and it all went downhill when the doctor cashed in on the free medicine he or she was able to draw down at the tax payers expense.

If I am not mistaken some of these serotonin substitutes have been withdrawn in the past.

I would be pleasantly surprised if English doctors today would collate or create the sort of data that would lead to “can increase suicidal tendencies in the under 25s” being a marked warning for a drug. How would pensions get paid through the nhs and big pharma otherwise.

This case, in a decent world, would prompt an inquiry about the girl’s meds and her treatment. It may turn out that this qc’s daughter has always been an evil psychopath, but it may be that her drugs need to be marked with the side effect of mania, like Prozac has been.

Tired and zombie like is the main effect, not the side effect of a dose over time in a teenager’s body, potentially in combination with other drugs. Let’s see if you can suggest that I am stupid a second time.

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Anonymous

Yes, let’s blame pharma and not the girl! Amazingly tenuous links you make there. If such is true, then we should be very very afraid of the millions of people on anti-depressants and other such meds.

“Pleasant, young scholarly girl”. Are you tripping?

You are clearly someone who has no moral compass or have a connection to the criminal.

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Anonymous

It is a shame for your point of view that morals and endeavour in the 1990s led to the above observations about Prozac. This may be the same sort of data that people had in the 1990s, but seen through the prism of 2017 morals.
I emphasise, a qc’s daughter, a musician and it seems to be a mixed state school. Is this evidence that another drug to prozac needs to have the warning about a side effect of mania?

As you say, she may have been born a dead loss and a psychopath, but my moral compass says pause for thought. Put a kink in the criminal process and let us check whether serotonin substitutes have not had a hand in it.

We could do a deal, you and I. If I am wrong we can give her years behind bars instead of 21 months. What do you say to that ?

Anonymous

She still wets the bed.

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Anonymous

amazing leniency for an acid attack

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Anonymous

“she’s an intelligent girl” going to study at aberdeen…..dont make me laugh hahaha!

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Anonymous

Harsh! I went there. To be fair, it’s not Oxford.

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Trumpenkrieg

It’s not russell group either. Now fuck off with your useless degree in ‘basket weaving’

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Anonymous

It was law actually, and it was good enough to make it to the Scottish Bar. Once in practice I can assure you that no one gives two hoots about university.

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Trumpenkrieg

Scottish bar LOL. Like that’s an accomplishment. May as well say you work at burger king. At least that is recognisable

Anonymous

Jings. Andy Bowen is a good guy. Terrible.

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Anonymous

Whoops – I appear to have stumbled onto the Mail online comments section.

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Latvka Da blitz

Doc. I’m bored with the psycho wingnut section. Can I move back to the anal retention department?

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Anonymous

Fark.

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Mary Kenton

Good. Lock her up!

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long live an independent Scotland

Lock her up, throw away the key, but then again her dad is a QC, maybe that is why she got off scot-free.

21 months for an acid attack…. ‘justice at work’.

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Anonymous

“future lawyer daughter” – I hope there isn’t a chance in hell that this evil nutcase ever is allowed to qualify as a lawyer/barrister???

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henry mostyn

You never know. Look at what I got away with LOL!

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Anonymous

Aberdeen is a shit uni in the most miserable and godless part of the UK – Scotland. Little surprise that it attracts people like the lady in this story.

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