TV presenter left “a living corpse” after rape, beating and acid attack

By Calvin Palmer

A TV presenter raped and then later mutilated when acid was thrown in her face told a court today that she feels “like a living corpse”.

The acid attack permanently disfigured the woman, leaving her partially blind on one eye, and also left her having to be fed through a tube in her stomach due to damage to her throat. She has had 30 operations since the attack.

Daniel Lynch, 33, of Shepherd’s Bush, London, was sentenced to life in prison at Wood Green Crown Court for beating up and raping the 25-year-old woman in a hotel room last March after meeting her on Facebook.

His accomplice Stefan Sylvestre, 20, who threw sulfuric acid in the victim’s face as she walked down a north London street a few days after the rape, was also given a life sentence.

Lynch must serve a minimum of 16 years and Sylvestre six years.

Judge Nicholas Browne QC told the pair that the victim “had a face of pure beauty” and they represented “the face of pure evil”.

“The facts of this case are chilling and shocking,” said Browne. “You planned and then executed an act of pure, calculated and deliberate evil. You decided to wreck the victim’s life by thrusting a full container of sulfuric acid straight into her face from point-blank range.”

In an impact statement, the victim told the court: “When the acid was thrown at me, it felt like I was burning in hell. It was an indescribable, unique, torturous pain.

“I have lost my future, my career, my spirit, my body, my looks, my dignity – the list goes on. All I am left with is an empty shell. A part of me has died that will never come back. This is worse than death.

“Being beaten, raped and mutilated with acid has left me feeling like a living corpse.”

Lynch a martial arts instructor and steroids addict became obsessed with the woman after seeing her on television.

Following the attack he bombarded her with texts and phone calls for several days, eventually persuading her to leave the sanctuary of her flat.

As she walked down a street in Golders Green, Sylvestre threw a cup of sulfuric acid directly in her face as Lynch spoke to her on the phone.

Browne said: “Your conclusion was that, if you could not have the victim, you would destroy her, wreck her life and end her blossoming career.”

[Based on reports by The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.]

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