The ex-boyfriend of fact TV celebrity Ferne McCann has advised a courtroom texts he despatched about “acid” referred to hair-thickening shampoo.
Arthur Collins, 25, who’s accused of an acid assault in a crowded nightclub, mentioned he saved the shampoo in his automotive to cover his hair loss from his female friend.
Wood Green Crown Court heard Mr Collins has passed through two hair transplants.
He admits throwing a substance within the Mangle E8 nightclub in Dalston, east London, however denies figuring out it used to be acid.
More than a dozen folks have been injured within the early hours of 17 April after a row broke out between Mr Collins and every other staff of fellows.
Every week earlier than the assault, Mr Collins despatched a text to his sister announcing: “Tell mum to mind that little hand wash in my car acid”.
He advised jurors the message referred to the shampoo, which contained amino acid and coconut oil, and he used to be apprehensive about his nieces discovering and “biting it”.
Mr Collins mentioned he saved it in his automotive to cover it from Ms McCann as “she would have asked me why I was using a shampoo like that”.
George Carter-Stephenson QC, protecting Mr Collins, requested: “How good are you at misleading her? Can she tell when you are lying to her?”
“Yes she can,” he spoke back.
‘Head therapeutic massage’
Jurors have been additionally proven different merchandise he had attempted together with Regain and Professional-C Serum.
Mr Collin’s sister Chinade Rowe advised the courtroom she used to be conscious about her brother’s hair loss and had helped therapeutic massage his particular shampoo, which she known as “acid”, into his scalp.
When requested via prosecutor Luke Ponte if she had come to courtroom to lie for her brother, she spoke back: “Absolutely not”.
Mr Ponte requested: “Why did you have to massage the shampoo into his head? Why was he unable to do that himself?”
“Because I had better massage techniques and I could do it better for him,” she mentioned.
“If you try and massage your head yourself it’s not the same as someone doing it for you.”
Mr Collins, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, denies 5 counts of grievous physically hurt (GBH) with intent, and 9 counts of exact physically hurt (ABH) towards 14 folks.
Co-accused Andre Phoenix, of Clyde Road, Tottenham, north London, denies 4 counts of GBH and two counts of ABH.
The trial continues.