Acid Attack Victim Is Still Traumatised And Finds It Hard To Look In The Mirror
The victim of an acid attack last year has said she is still traumatised after the incident and finds it difficult to look in the mirror, admitting she's been 'scarred for life'.
Teresa Townsley, 38, is now appealing for information after an anonymous man arrived on her doorstep and threw acid in her face, leaving her with severe burns.
She had answered the door to her Edinburgh home to a track-suited man on 9 November last year. Townsley then had the shock of her life when she had a highly corrosive liquid splashed at her, before the man fled in a stolen car.
On the anniversary of the attack, Townsley has made a brave appeal for information about the perpetrator, who was never caught.
In an interview with Scotland's STV, she said: "It was the worst day of my life and today is the second worst as it brings it all back.
"Fortunately I have a new partner who is being tremendously supportive and I have my kids to keep me going.
"But, day to day it is still hard, it is hard just to go out of the house, to look in the mirror. Most of the time I am confined to the house."
Townsley, who has since moved away from Edinburgh, was left with serious burns to her face and neck, and even lost part of her ear.
She added: "If anyone knows anything then they must come forward. I am scarred for life and coming forward with information could prevent someone else suffering as I have. It may even prevent someone losing their life."
The man is described as being 5ft 11 tall, of slim build and in his early 20s.
At the time of the attack, he was wearing a dark-coloured tracksuit with a grey top - the hood pulled up and his face covered - along with dark gloves and trainers that had light reflective sections on them.
Police say he got into a grey Ford Fiesta, which had fake number plates bearing the registration number BN65 LFV.
The vehicle was seen at around 9.45pm with its lights off, travelling north in Drum Street before moving down Gilmerton Road, into Glenallan Drive and onto Inch Park.
It was then set on fire, before two men were seen running off in the direction of Glenallan Drive.
Did you see this Fiesta bearing these numberplates in Gilmerton or Burdiehouse last Friday? It was used in the corrosive substance attack on a woman in Captains Road before being set on fire in The Inch. Any info please call 101 quote ref 4125 of 9th Nov pic.twitter.com/evKXzp1nWR- Edinburgh Police (@EdinburghPolice) November 16, 2018
Detective Inspector Jonathan Pleasance said: "The attacker targeted Teresa at her front door while her young children were just a few feet away.
"This serious assault resulted in life-changing injuries and also shocked the local community.
"If you recognise the man described or saw the car, before or after the attack, please contact police immediately.
"I am confident that there are people in the Gilmerton area who have information that can assist the inquiry and I would urge them to come forward."
If you have any information about the attack or suspect, you can contact Gayfield CID on 101 quoting incident 4125 of November 9 2018.
You Can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Featured Image Credit: STV