Jurors were today handed a ‘shocking’ naked photograph of a woman deformed by acid sprayed by her married lover and told: ‘Imagine it was you.’
Lawyer Sven Mary said it was important for those judging the attacker at the Brussels Assizes to know exactly what he had done to Patricia Lefranc
She underwent 86 operations after Richard Remes
, 57 - who is on trial for attempted murder - sprayed the potentially lethal substance on her face and torso.
Pointing at the accused, Mr Mary said: ‘That one belongs to you Richard Remes. Look at it.
‘This is how she will look until the end of her days, as there is not enough skin to carry out more transplants.’
Remes is said to have planned the sulphuric acid attack after Ms Lefranc ended their relationship.
She said she was convinced she would die, but neighbours in a nearby building heard her screams and managed to get her to the burns unit of a nearby hospital, where she lay in a coma for three months.
Ms Lefranc said: 'I hope Remes is convicted of attempted murder, and not just for assault and battery with torture. He did not just want to hurt me, he wanted me out of the way. I just hope that I get to tell the court what I experienced, and how it hurt.
As well as psychological torture, Ms Lefranc said she was in constant physical pain, and all of it reminded her of the horror of the attack.
The jury in the case today retired to consider their verdict.