Katie Piper has revealed that the possibility of her acid attacker being freed is causing her to lose sleep.
In 2008, Katie was raped by Daniel Lynch, who in an unimaginable twist of cruelty then arranged for a man named Stefan Sylvestre to throw industrial strength acid in her face at point blank range.
Both Lynch and Sylvestre were given life sentences for their horrendous acts, but Sylvestre has applied for parole, and aims to prove he is no longer a danger to society, after serving just 8 years.
Katie’s life has changed immeasurably since that devastating day, but has managed to find happiness since the horrendous attack. In 2015, she married her long time boyfriend Richard Sutton. The couple share two little girls.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Katie posted a picture which read, ‘God protect me from anything that wasn’t sent by you’, suggesting that she is nervous about the possibility of his release.
Since the attack, which left her blind in one eye, with horrific burns all over her face and neck, Katie has been candid about the difficulties of living with both the physical and psychological scars she has suffered.
She has undergone a total of 40 surgeries, documenting her quest to see properly again through groundbreaking stem cell surgery in a Channel 4 documentary titled Katie: The Science of Seeing Again.
Katie and her husband Richard, have two young daughters, who Katie regularly gushes about on Instagram.
Sylvestre applied for parole in 2015, something that Katie wrote about in her book, released the same year.
She lamented that, ‘The two of them had taken so much from me and now this man’s punishment might soon be over.
‘I thought: I’m the one with the life sentence. Not him. He can change his identity, change his name, get a new job, a partner, move on, but I can’t. I can’t pretend it didn’t happen because it’s all over my face.’
This parole bid was originally denied, as Sylvestre was considered too dangerous, but a new one could be accepted, and that is surely a frightening prospect for Katie.
In her 2015 book, Katie discussed the constant fear of revenge, that her attackers would come for her again once released,
“There’s nothing I can do! Nothing anyone can do. No one’s going to listen to me and put them away for ever until I become a news story: ‘Acid girl killed by attackers’.
“I turned to dad. ‘I wish I’d been burned in a house fire or a car accident,’ I said. ‘At least a fire wouldn’t come after me again; at least a fire wouldn’t have a score to settle’.”