Do not approach: Police warn public to stay away from Katie Piper attacker | UK News

Police hunting for the man who splashed acid on TV presenter Katie Piper have warned the public not to get close to him – and say he may have been out of the country.

Stefan Sylvestre, from Shepherd’s Bush, west London, has been recalled to prison for breaching the conditions of his license.

He was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for the assault on Ms Piper and was told he must serve a minimum of six years before being eligible for parole.

He debuted in 2018 when he was 30 years old, the time that Miss Piper said was “really difficult” for her.

A Probation Agency spokesman said on Sunday: “We are urgently working with police to get the offender back to prison, where he will face much longer behind bars.”

Detectives are calling for information on his whereabouts but say investigations so far suggest he left the UK on August 2. They have not said where he may have gone. .

But the Metropolitan Police is working with partner agencies to track him down, adding that anyone spotting him should call 999 and that he “should not be approached”.

Miss Piper was severely injured in the acid attack which left her permanently scarred.

She had to fight for her life after her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch obsessively arranged for Sylvestre to throw corrosive liquid in March 2008.

Lynch was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 16 years for sexually assaulting Piper and telling Sylvestre to throw acid on her.

In court, Lynch and Sylvestre were told by Judge Nicholas Browne QC that they were “the face of pure evil”.

Anyone with information on Sylvestre’s whereabouts should speak to police immediately, citing reference CAD6239/23Sep.


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