Katie Piper has opened up to her fans following the news that her acid attacker is set to be released from jail.
The presenter shared a post on Instagram responding to the news, and claiming that preparation for her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing was a welcome distraction.
Stefan Sylvestre threw acid in Katie’s face in 2008, as part of a campaign of abuse by her ex Daniel Lynch – leaving her permanently scarred and blind in one eye.
Lynch was given a life sentence with a minimum of 16 years, while Sylvestre was given a minimum of six years, before being eligible for parole.
The parole board have announced that Sylvestre is set to be released, after showing remorse for his actions in an hearing.
“Mr Sylvestre displayed empathy for the victim and expressed remorse and shame for his actions,” they said, in a summary statement.
After a review by a forensic psychologist, the panel claimed that his family and goals for the future would prevent him from returning to criminal activity.
Katie has responded to the news on Instagram, thanking her fans for support.
“I felt it was important to put a message out to my friends, supporters and followers,” she said.
“This is a really difficult time for me. I am trying to come to terms with the decision and this is something I need to deal with.”
She went on to say that her commitments to Strictly were helping her process the news.
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“Over the past 2 weeks Strictly has already given me such a welcome and positive distraction from my past,” she said. “Whilst there is never a good time to hear this news, I am glad I have this new journey to concentrate on.”
Katie will be joining Blue singer Lee Ryan, journalist Stacey Dooley, and paralympian Lauren Steadman on the new season of Strictly.
The season is set to start in September.