I cannot even begin to understand what was going through the head of the racist thug who squirted acid at a black mother as she walked with her six-month-old baby.
The attack in itself is despicable. The woman, who was walking through a subway in broad daylight with her baby in its pram, seems to have been targeted purely because of the colour of her skin. The thug had set out to attack someone that day as he had the acid to hand but it doesn't appear this mother was his premeditated victim, she just happened to be the first person with black skin he saw.
But what really upsets me is the fact this woman having her baby with her did nothing to prevent this thug attacking her. I realise people like this man are not rational, clear thinking people. They are obviously mentally unbalanced to think it is acceptable to behave in such a manner in the first place.
However, I would have hoped even in the most warped of minds there would be some kind of cut off point over what they are prepared to do.
Surely an alarm bell should have gone off in this thug's mind. OK, this lady has a young baby with her – she's not the one to take my racial hatred out on. The evidence shows that this kind of thought did not go through his head.
The mother, who is Afro Caribbean, suffered burns to her chest and back and is believed to have had multiple skin grafts.
The thug yelled a racist comment at her before throwing acid at her back. When she turned round he threw more acid onto her chest.
Thankfully, the baby was unharmed in the attack. The possibility that it could have been hit by the acid doesn't even bare thinking about.
I hope between the time of writing and you reading this, the racist thug has been arrested and dealt with appropriately but if he hasn't I'm going to dust off my journalistic hat for a moment and put some details up on my blog to aid in his capture.
The attack took place at 2pm last Thursday (March 22) whilst the mother was walking through a subway in Broad Street, Pendleton in Salford.
The man who attacked her is described as white, of stocky build, five foot 10 inches to six foot two inches tall, had very short dark hair with a bald patch at the back. He wore a long sleeved dark grey jumper with a round neck, black tracksuit bottoms with a grey and white stripe down each leg and Adidas trainers.
If anyone saw this man or recognises his description they should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
It is attacks like this, on mothers and their babies, which make me realise what a sick place our world can be.