ATHENS – A woman scarred for life after acid was thrown into her face by an attacker found guilty talked to reporters after the verdict to express her gratitude for an outpouring of public backing.
Ioanna Paliospyrou was stalked by Efi Kakarantzoula, who was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for the attack over a mistaken rivalry for the affections of another man.
Paliospyrou suffered serious internal injuries and emotional distress and has to wear a plastic mask to hide the effect of what the acid did and she was backed in her appearance by others wearing similar masks in support.
“I’m completely satisfied with the decision of the court and now I can find the strength to focus solely on restoring my health and continuing my struggle,” Paliospyrou said, reported Kathimerini.
After thanking the justice system, her lawyers, police, doctors, family and friends, she described the public’s support as a “very important ally for me and which gave me courage, strength and the recognition of the injustice that I have suffered.”
“I hope that women, and all victims of violence and abused women, will find hope in my face so that they will not be afraid to claim their rights. I will try to be at the side of whoever needs my help,” she said.
She also privately thanked the journalists who covered the case, presenting them with bracelets stating “I am strong.”