An obsessed stalker has been arrested after dousing a mum and her five-year-old daughter with acid, police say.
The 35-year-old, identified as Ana Mari, says she was at her home in the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, in the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, when the alleged attack happened at the end of last month.
In a recent interview from her hospital bed, Ana, wearing bandages on her eye and head, breaks down in tears as she claims the man threw stones at her window at 6am.
“My parents had come to spend the weekend and they were very scared. I told him to leave,” Ana said.
"It was halfway down the stairs, I had gone down to argue with him, but I didn’t know he had anything on him otherwise I wouldn’t have gone down.
“He threw a bottle of acid on us and burned us alive, my daughter and me. Now I can’t see through this eye and he burned my head and body.”
The mother of two daughters, and five and two, said she threw herself over her eldest child to protect her.
“Thank God he didn’t get my two-year-old as well. I’m lucky he didn’t stab me with the knives he had in his bag,” Ana said.
She has suffered very serious burns on her lips, gums and right eye, which she might lose, according to local media.
Her daughter has less serious burns on her lips and eye.
The 45-year-old man escaped but police confirmed on July 1 that he had been arrested and charged with causing injury, domestic abuse and making threats, according to The Sun.
Ana claims the man had said to her on various occasions previously that if she wouldn’t be with him, then he would burn her.
She said she had filed complaints to the police about him numerous times for stalking and threatening her, saying that he would stand for hours outside her house and throw stones at her window.
However, he was not apprehended.
The local council spoke out about the attack on social media, calling it “vile, an act of malice and lowest moral baseness.”
The council organised a rally in support of the victims, to share “their pain” and stand up against gender violence.
“This time we have suffered violent action in the middle of the street, but I am sure that many women suffer it in silence, and for this reason, today we also want to send the message that they must report it and for them to know that we will stand by their side,” the local Mayor Carles Motas said.
“We must remove those who exercise violence against the most vulnerable from our society, we do not want them among us. We need to be persistent to completely eradicate sexist violence.”
The manifesto was read out during the rally and was met with applause from the public.
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