A SPURNED lover threw caustic soda at his ex-girlfriend’s face after she refused to give their relationship another go, a court heard.

Fazil Sorbat, 37, is alleged to have said “no one will ever look at that face again” after he splashed the burning liquid on to Tanaiwe Mewonedzo’s flesh.

Miss Mewonedzo suffered burns to 12 and a half per cent of her body and needed skin grafts. She was in hospital for two weeks.

A police officer who touched the victim at the scene needed treatment for chemical burns to his arms.

Prosecutor Julian Smith told Newcastle Crown Court how the couple, originally from Zimbabwe, lived in Birmingham when they came to the UK as asylum seekers in 2001.

They had a child together, but the relationship came to an end and she moved to North East England, settling in Western Approach, South Shields.

The court heard how Sorbat would frequently visit her home to see his son.

It was on May 30 when prosecutors claim Sorbat visited her home with the liquid, concealed in a beaker inside a blue carrier bag, and threw it in her face when she refused to take him back.

Mr Smith told the court: “She felt liquid strike her face and her chest, she was splashed and it immediately began to burn.

“It was clearly very painful, she was panicking, she slipped and she fell to the floor. She was becoming more and more distraught.

“He said ‘I’ve done it now, no one will ever look at that face again’.”

The court heard how the victim managed to ring 999 and call the police.

The fire brigade was also called in to deal with the remains of the noxious substance, which was examined and confirmed to be sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda.

The victim was taken to hospital with burns to her face, shoulder, neck and breasts.

Sorbat, of Stuart Terrace, Felling, was arrested and told police it was his ex-partner who had attacked him with the liquid, which splashed on her as he rushed towards her.

He denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The trial continues.