Man recalls horrific moment ex partner poured acid over him while he slept
A man whose ex-girlfriend poured concentrated sulphuric acid over him while he slept and left him blind has spoken of the lasting impact of the horrific attack.
Daniel Rotariu thought he’d been covered in hot water at first, but the reality was so much worse and changed his life forever.
The 35-year-old suffered severe burns and lost his sight after his former partner Katie Leong poured the acid over him in a shared house in Leicester in July 2016.
Mr Rotariu, who has since married wife Anna and is now living in Nottinghamshire with his family, said he still has nightmares about what happened.
He told Nottinghamshire Live : “I can’t pass one day without swearing at Katie for what she did.
“I do have nightmares sometimes – not every day but I do.
“The insomnia, I think it’s also because I am inactive, I am not working, just sitting in the house – that is not good.
“It’s hard to forget about what happened.”
Following an argument, Mr Rotariu said Leong covered him in a blanket after he’d got into bed.
Then, in the early hours of the morning, he awoke to the horror.
He said: “It was 10-20 seconds maybe, in that moment I believed that I am dreaming until the pain started to kick in.
“I said ‘what is happening?’ It was so painful. I felt it in my mouth, the taste – the acid had a strange taste.
“I knew straight away when I felt the taste in my mouth it was not hot water.
“It was a sharp taste. Straight away in my head [I knew] that was acid.”
One of his eye started to become ‘foggy’ and he recalled panicking when in “one of my eyes I could not see anymore”.
“When I touched the handle from the door the other eye left me,” he said.
“I used to see shadows, I am not sure which eye.
“I could not recognise people, I couldn’t recognise if it was a woman or a man.”
Mr Rotariu has undergone a number of skin grafts and had a prosthetic fitted after losing one eye.
He now lives with his wife, 33, their son David, now two-and-a-half, and his eight-year-old step-son Jack.
Mr Rotariu, a qualified tool maker who used to work for an engineering company, met his wife while recovering in supported living accommodation, in Nottingham, after his release from hospital.
They tied the knot in Romania in May 2019, the country where Mr Rotariu grew up with his family.
“For my friends they have this same plan of growing up, having a wife and kids and everything,” he said.
“It was very important that the day came for me.
“The best day of my life was when David was born – this was the second.”
Mr Rotariu previously underwent cosmetic treatment in Nottingham which boosted his confidence and self-esteem.
The procedure, which involved placing pigment into his scalp, gave him the appearance of hair.
Before the treatment Mr Rotariu regularly wore a hat and he had a positive reaction from friends and family.
Speaking before about the results, his wife, who works at the Queen’s Medical Centre, said: “I am just so happy that he’s feeling much more confident with himself.
“He was always hiding himself. He was always wearing a hat with a hoody to make sure no one saw his hair.
“After this scalp micro-pigmentation, it made such a difference. People started complementing him.”
Living with his family in a rented bungalow, Mr Rotariu said: “We are applying for a mortgage, we are looking for a house.”