‘Katie Piper gave me strength to testify’: Acid attack victim says brave star helped put thug behind bars


Courageous Adele Bellis has revealed how Katie Piper helped her nail the ex who ordered an acid attack on her.

Katie reached out to the beautician after Anthony Riley paid an accomplice to douse her as she waited for a bus.

The attack in August 2014 melted Adele’s ear off and scarred her for life.

Adele credits Katie with giving her the strength to testify against Riley, 27, last year. He was jailed for life after she gave evidence at Ipswich crown court.

She nearly lost her nerve until Katie, 32, who was blinded in one eye when her ex-boyfriend Danny Lynch arranged an acid attack in 2008, reassured her.

Adele, 24, said: I don’t know what I’d have done without her. I was so scared about giving evidence. I was kept waiting and getting worked up.

But Katie rang and told me that if she could give evidence against her ex-boyfriend I could do it, too.

She told me to pick someone in the courtroom and give them eye contact. There was a guy in the jury around my age and I picked him.

It was awful. I started to question myself when Anthony’s barrister tried to make out I was lying. I cried when he was found guilty.

Adele met Katie four months after Riley paid Jason Harrison, 29, to attack her in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

It was the culmination of six years of abuse Riley had waged against her after she met him in a pub aged 16.

He held her hostage and beat her before arranging for her to be stabbed by friend Leon Thompson.

She tried to leave him numerous times but he threatened to kill her parents and assaulted her brother.

The acid attack came weeks after he posted a sex tape on Facebook.

Katie sent Adele a card as she ­recovered in hospital and they met in a hotel while Adele was still wrapped in bandages.

She said: Katie gave me a hug as soon as she saw me. She’s helped me the most because she’s lived through abuse. She’s seen me through every hurdle.

She’s an inspiration and gives me practical advice, such as wearing pressure garments to minimise my scars.

Adele, who wants to meet a man and marry on the anniversary of the attack, added: Katie’s gone on to marry. That gives me hope. I’m concentrating on my recovery but I want marriage and kids.

Mum Katie has established the Katie Piper Foundation in a bid to help others with scars, and Adele wants something positive to come from her experience.

She wants to visit schools to talk about domestic abuse and to encourage girls to spot controlling relationships. She hopes her memoir, Brave, can be incorporated in the curriculum.

She said: I want to show them that if someone is trying to manipulate you it isn’t love.

– Brave will be published by Harper Element on September 22 for £7.99.

News Source MirrorNews

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