A man who launched a brutal acid attack on a woman and left her with horrific burns could face extra prison time after a picture was posted on Facebook showing him smiling next to a photo of his victim.
Billy Midmore, 23, was pictured smiling and holding up a phone with the photo of the woman lying on the ground holding her face in pain.
The picture was uploaded to a Facebook profile believed to be Midmore’s on Wednesday last week, despite him being held in custody.
Midmore, from New Malden, was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm on 37-year-old Carla Whitlock outside a bar in Southampton in September last year.
He is currently awaiting sentencing but is not allowed access to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while in prison.
It is not clear who has been running the account.
A quiz was also shared on the profile on June 10 titled ‘Is there a serial killer hiding in yourself?’ for which he commented that he had ‘big big potential’.
A Prison Service spokesman said: ‘This behaviour is completely unacceptable and our thoughts are with the victim of this terrible crime.
‘We have carried out a search of this offender’s cell and the social media account has now been removed.
‘He has been stripped of his privileges, placed in the segregation unit and faces a police investigation, with the potential of additional time in prison.’
During the trial for the attack on Carla, jurors heard how the attack was a ‘debt to be paid’ organised by Billy and his brother Geoffrey after Carla called asking for £100 of drugs before at least two men met Geoffrey and stole £2,000 of drug money.
The court was also shown CCTV footage of Billy Midmore buying drain cleaner.
Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith called Midmore’s alleged actions highly ‘insensitive’.
He said: ‘If it’s him that has found a way to upload the images then it’s a very insensitive thing to do and shows no sign of someone convicted of a heinous crime being remorseful.
‘If it’s someone else uploading on to his account then it’s again very insensitive to the victim and to Billy Midmore ahead of his sentencing.
‘I think this could be a good example to show the Ministry of Justice that perhaps they should look into shutting down social media sites for people who are about to be sentenced, I would say that’s a very reasonable expectation.’
Billy and Geoffrey are due to be sentenced on Tuesday at Southampton Crown Court.