A man mutilated for life in an acid attack is suing police, alleging that they failed to act on information that should have stopped his ordeal before it began.
Daniel Rotariu, 33, was attacked in July 2016 by his then partner, Katie Leong, who poured sulphuric acid over him as he slept at their home in Leicester in an attempt to kill him.
Two professionals had passed police information five months before the attack that Leong was acquiring potentially lethal acid and possibly intended to throw it on someone, but officers took no action. Leong used her former partner, Mark Cummings, to buy the acid.
She poured half a litre of 96% pure sulphuric acid over Rotariu for six seconds, leaving him screaming in agony and fighting for his life as his skin burned.
He was in a coma for six weeks, in hospital for six months and left blind, with facial disfigurement and burns on his body. He still requires medical treatment.
Leong was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in jail. Cummings was acquitted.
The evidence that police had been warned Leong was obtaining acid is contained in a report by the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Rotariu said: “The police deny they had any legal obligation to protect me or any other potential victims of Katie’s madness. They received information that Katie was acquiring acid, but they just closed the file and did nothing.”
Cummings told his probation officer before the attack that Leong wanted to buy acid and use it on someone. He also told a medical professional that he had bought the acid for Leong, who had a restraining order against him over alleged domestic abuse.