A man who squirted acid at his neighbour has been jailed.

Santokh Johal, 53, of Leyton, east London, was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court to 20 years in prison with a minimum term of 15 years and the remainder on licence, the Metropolitan police said.

He had been found guilty by a jury at the same court on June 14 of throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure or to do grievous bodily harm.

Police received a call from the victim, aged in his 30s, on January 4, who said Johal was outside his house swearing and threatening to stab him.

While the victim was still on the phone to police, he opened a window in his house and Johal squirted acid at him before fleeing the scene.

The 53-year-old attacked the man following a long-standing neighbour dispute.

After the attack, police, ambulance and fire brigade officers found the victim with grey marks over his upper body and arms.

He was put in the shower and hosed off with water before being taken to hospital.

The victim underwent skin graft surgery on about 20% of his body and continues to attend a specialist burns hospital once a month for rehabilitation and therapy.

Specialist officers who attended the scene and examined the substance found it was 91% sulphuric acid.

In statement read to the court, the victim said: "I will be scarred for life. My body does not feel like my body anymore.

"Even in hot weather, I am having to dress in long sleeves and jackets just to cover my injuries.

"Because of this incident, I rarely leave my house these days. I do not want to face the public. I do not want people looking at me and making me feel paranoid.

"This crime has changed my life forever in such a negative way.

"I am constantly feeling anxious and this has taken me away from having a normal quality of life."

Detective Constable Jamie Howden said the attack was "horrific" and left the victim with substantial injuries.

"Although nothing will heal those scars, the victim can take comfort from knowing that justice has been served," Mr Howden said in a statement.