Thug who doused Katie Piper with acid in 2008 released from prison, sparking security concerns for the star
Strictly Come Dancing star Katie Piper's acid attacker has been released and back in the city where he committed the despicable act.
Katie Piper was left with horrific injuries after being the victim of a vicious acid attack. Now, the thug who doused her with the same has been released from prison, prompting authorities to surround the star with security personnel.
30-year-old Stefan Sylvestre was warned not to step foot in a designated "exclusion zone" around Katie's home as he was released from Highpoint jail, Suffolk. According to The Sun, Strictly Come Dancing's decision makers have given the green signal to cover 34-year-old Katie with extra security.
Sylvestre was sentenced to a minimum prison term of six years back in 2009 before he would become eligible for a parole hearing. A devastated Katie Piper told her fans in August that she was coming "to terms" with the fact that her attacker was being released. Katie was left partially blind, with severe scarring to much of her body after Sylvestre attacked her with sulphuric acid in Golden Green, North London, on the orders of Daniel Lynch, her former partner, in 2008.
Lynch was an obsessed fan who dated Piper briefly before raping the aspiring model and presenter. After they broke up, he ordered Sylvestre to attack her with acid. He was jailed for life after a trial the following year, with a minimum of 16 years at the age of 33. On the other hand, Sylvestre, then 20 years old, received life in prison with a minimum term of six years before his parole.
Piper, now a mother-of-two, is starring on Strictly Come Dancing, ten years after the horrifying ordeal. A source told The Sun: "Sylvestre's license conditions include an exclusion zone which bars him from an area around Katie's address. Any attempt to go near the Strictly studios in Hertfordshire would almost certainly also see him returned straight to jail. But although Sylvestre is banned from contacting Katie in any way, the simple fact that he's back in London will be of great concern to her."
Katie had to undergo almost 40 operations after the sulphuric acid was thrown at her face. Despite the Justice Secretary's representatives advising the panel to move Sylvestre to an open prison, the Parole Board recommended his release. That said, the thug is banned from contacting Katie and will have a curfew 24x7. However, his hostel will be in London, the same city his victim resides in.