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Acid victim blinded by girlfriend Katie Leong is suing police

An acid attack victim who was blinded and badly disfigured by his then girlfriend is reportedly suing police, saying officers failed to act on information which could have prevented the incident. (stock photo)
An acid attack victim who was blinded and badly disfigured by his then girlfriend is reportedly suing police, saying officers failed to act on information which could have prevented the incident. (stock photo)

By Alexander Britton

An acid attack victim who was blinded and badly disfigured by his then girlfriend is reportedly suing police, saying officers failed to act on information which could have prevented the incident.

Katie Leong poured sulphuric acid at 96% concentration on Daniel Rotariu while he slept at the house they shared in Leicester 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".

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."

Leicestershire Police said they are aware of the legal proceedings but declined to comment further.

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