Katie Piper attacker to face Parole Board in bid for release

Katie Piper (PA)
Katie Piper (PA)

The man behind the acid attack on TV presenter Katie Piper is up for parole.

Daniel Lynch, a martial arts expert who is a former boyfriend of Piper, was convicted five years ago of arranging for Stefan Sylvestre to throw the corrosive liquid at the former model in March 2008, leaving her scarred and blind in one eye.

Lynch was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years in May 2009 at London’s Wood Green Crown Court for the rape of Piper and for telling Sylvestre to throw acid on her.

Stefan Sylvestre (PA)
Stefan Sylvestre (PA)

Sylvestre was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of six years, in 2009 and released on licence in 2018.

In 2022, he was recalled to prison for breaching his licence conditions, with police issuing an arrest warrant after it was thought he had left the UK.

A spokeswoman for the Parole Board confirmed on Sunday there will be a private hearing for Lynch on July 23 and 24.

A parole hearing is granted when there is a “realistic prospect” of release, or to consider a move to an open prison, in the case of fairness or because they need more information from the person convicted.

Victims can send in personal statements and the decision can be challenged.

Katie Piper (Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Katie Piper (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Lynch, who had a previous conviction for pouring boiling water over a man, was said to have become obsessively jealous after briefly dating Piper before the steroid-fuelled attack.

He and Sylvestre were told by Judge Nicholas Browne QC they “planned and then executed an act of pure, calculated and deliberate evil”.

Following the trial, Piper, now 40, waived her right to anonymity as a rape victim, and her recovery featured in a Channel 4 documentary.

She went on to found the Katie Piper Foundation to support burns victims.

Piper, who has undergone more than 250 operations over the past decade, hosts a podcast, Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People, is a panellist on Loose Women and presents Katie Piper’s Breakfast Show, both on ITV.