A man has spoken about the moment his face was melted by sulphuric acid by his girlfriend as he slept leaving him blind and with life-changing scars.
Daniel Rotariu, 31, was woken at 2am by a splash of liquid on his face that he soon realised was half a litre of sulphuric acid that would eventually turn the bed sheets underneath him black.
He had argued with girlfriend Katie Leong hours before the attack with 96% sulphuric acid and it later emerged she had used sausages to test its effectiveness.
The 31-year-old who has been left badly scarred has spoken amid a rise acid attacks across London, that saw a 16-year-old charged last night.
He told the Mirror: ‘The acid took something from me that I’m never going to get back. I will never be the same.
‘I will never forget the shock, then the pain as the acid burnt through my skin and the helplessness of not being able to stop it.
‘Then the realisation my life changed forever.’
Leong was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison in March.
During the trial, Angela Clark from the Crown Prosecution Service said the defendant was fascinated by attacking someone using acid and owned a book written by an acid attack survivor.
Traces of acid were found on Leong’s clothing and forensic medical experts confirmed that a smaller dose would have been fatal, she said.
Ms Clark added: ‘All this evidence clearly showed that she had planned and implemented the attack fully intending to kill, so she was prosecuted for attempted murder.’
The number of acid attacks rose to 454 victims last year up from 261 in 2015.
There have been calls to toughen the law and to increase the regulation of sulphuric acid sales to combat the increase.
Daniel said: ‘Sulphuric acid shouldn’t be sold to the public without a licence. It’s so easy to buy, it’s scandalous.
‘How many lives need to be ruined before it’s banned?’