The jury trying an Old Malden man accused of blinding a Southampton mum with acid has retired this afternoon to consider its verdict, writes Emily Ford.

The seven men and five women have been instructed by the judge to decide whether Billy Midmore is guilty or innocent based only on the evidence they have heard in court.

It follows seven days of evidence in the trial of Midmore, 22, who denies a "joint enterprise" acid attack with his brother Geoffrey of Carla Whitlock outside of Turtle Bay in Guildhall Square on September 18 last year.

The trial:

Prosecuting Kerry Maylin told jurors in the trial of Billy Midmore at Southampton Crown Court that he had taken part in a “joint enterprise” by working with his brother to arrange an attack with One Shot drain cleaner.

Defending, Mark Ruffell said there were “inaccuracies” in the evidence given by the crown and argued Midmore is innocent because he had left his brother before they went Turtle Bay that night.

Geoffrey Midmore, 26 has admitted to one charge of causing GBH with intent while his brother has denied the same charge.