A Paddock Wood mental heath nurse was left scarred for life when a Romanian armed robber doused boiling water in her face.
Claire Stott, 38, was holding a therapy session with a patient when she was attacked by Vasile David, who calmly walked into the kitchen, filled up a tumbler with the 98°C liquid and threw it on her.
The mother-of-two felt searing pain and heard colleagues screaming as she fell from her chair, causing her severe burns, while David stood three feet away watching.
Due to the unfortunate incident, Stott has since asked for David to be deported, and officers at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court have obliged as they chose to respect the victim’s desires.
“I want to see him deported and never allowed to return to this country,” she wrote.
David, who was earlier convicted of robbing a post office, was provided a suspended sentence to give way for his deportation as soon as possible.
“I felt I had to go to court as part of the healing process. I have struggled to sleep and do my job for the past few weeks but I feel good about myself now.
“I had to explain what happened to my six-year-old in terms she could understand,” she added.
David was held captive for six years in 2012 after assaulting a 74-year-old shopkeeper and stealing more than £11,000 from a London Post Office while armed with an imitation firearm.
While on bail, he fled back to his native Romania but was arrested on a European warrant.
“After the court case I told my older daughter ‘the man who hurt mummy has been sent away and he’s not coming back’,” she said.
It’s important people know what nurses have to deal with. We go above and beyond on a daily basis. Apart from caring for patients and making them better, we are keeping the public safe.
Stott now has been left with severe burns to 50 percent of her face and left arm. She has to wear glasses and has been left emotionally scarred and in financial difficulties after having to cut her hours.
“It’s important people know what nurses have to deal with. We go above and beyond on a daily basis. Apart from caring for patients and making them better, we are keeping the public safe.”
“I really didn’t think something like this would affect me, but it has changed my life,” she said, adding: “I’m recovering but it’s going to take time.”