Acid attack victim to sue police

Acid attack victim, 33, whose girlfriend melted his face and blinded him as he slept to sue police ‘after officers ignored reports she was acquiring the corrosive liquid’

  • Daniel Rotariu was disfigured by his girlfriend in acid attack in Leicester home
  • Katy Leong was jailed for life after being found guilty of attempted murder
  • Police watchdog said police had received reports she was ‘acquiring acid’
  • It found Leong was not contacted. Mr Rotariu says he is now suing Leicestershire Police 

A man who was blinded and badly disfigured by his girlfriend is suing police over claims they failed to act on information that could have prevented the incident.

Daniel Rotariu, 31, had 96 per cent pure sulphuric acid poured over him by Katy Leong while he slept in their Leicester home in July 2016.

Leong was jailed for life after being found guilty of attempted murder and will serve at least 17 years.

Police watchdog the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) said officers and staff had received reports that Leong was ‘acquiring acid to carry out a premeditated attack on an unnamed third party.’

Daniel Rotariu, pictured during an appearance on Good Morning Britain in July last year, is suing Leicestershire 

Left: The bed in which Mr Rotariu was sleeping in when Leong, attacked in in the Leicester home they shared. Right: Katy Leong, who was jailed for 17 years for attempted murder

The IOPC investigation found Leong was not contacted about this allegation.

Mr Rotariu, 33, told the Guardian: ‘They received information that Katie was acquiring acid but they just closed the file and did nothing.

‘I’m living in a prison of darkness. It took away my independence, my ability to work.

‘It took away my sight, I will never see my fiancee and my baby’s face.’

Daniel Rotariu (pictured before the attack) had 96 per cent pure sulphuric acid poured over him

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He added that he still visits hospital weekly more than two years after the attack and that he was suing to hold the force to account.

Leicestershire Police told the paper they are aware of the legal proceedings, but declined to comment further.

Leong and her former boyfriend, Mark Cummings, were both accused of attempted murder with Mr Cummings cleared by the jury at Leicester Crown Court in 2017.

The court heard Mr Cummings, then 46, had ordered the acid online – but that the attack was ‘driven and orchestrated’ by Leong who was convicted.

Police standing guard outside the home where Daniel Rotariu was attacked with acid while he was asleep

Speaking at the time, Angela Clark, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: ‘The evidence revealed a picture of her fascination with attacking someone using acid, including her possession of a book written by an acid attack survivor.

‘The evidence of forensic medical experts confirmed that the acid was poured for about six seconds, and that a smaller dose of acid could have been fatal.

‘All this evidence clearly showed that she had planned and implemented the attack fully intending to kill, so she was prosecuted for attempted murder.’ 

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