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‘My bleach attack terror’

Shannon Lynch of Trevelyan Close, Thorney Close, Sunderland, who had a bleach/water mixture thrown in her face which has damaged her eye sight.

Shannon Lynch of Trevelyan Close, Thorney Close, Sunderland, who had a bleach/water mixture thrown in her face which has damaged her eye sight.

 

AN 18-year-old assault victim today told how she has been forced to move after being attacked at a party.

Shannon Lynch says she lives in fear of Daniel Parkinson, since the 21-year-old filled an empty bleach bottle with water and threw it in her face.

Sunderland magistrates were told how Shannon was left suffering stress and psychological impact from the attack and did not know the bleach bottle was empty.

She was taken to hospital with stinging eyes, although the court was told she didn’t receive any medical treatment.

But today she told the Echo how she has been deeply affected by it and said she now needs glasses.

“It has affected me,” she said. “I’ve never had any problems with my eyes before.

“It’s made me self conscious wearing glasses because I don’t like them.”

Shannon has also moved house since the attack, so that Parkinson doesn’t know where she lives.

“I feel intimidated,” she said. “I did live with my parents but because they knew where I was, I had to move.

“I have anxiety and depression and I have had to go back on anti-depressants since it happened. I hadn’t been taking them for a while.”

Magistrates were told how Nissan worker Parkinson, of Windermere Crescent, Houghton, filled the bleach bottle with water and threw it in Shannon’s face because he was annoyed with her for repeatedly calling him.

Chairman of the bench Janet Hutton said his actions were the “highest level” of seriousness and “largely inappropriate”.

Parkinson pleaded guilty to common assault and was sentenced to an 18-month community order with supervision, and 200 hours of community work.

Shannon was rewarded £250 compensation. Parkinson also had to pay £85 in court costs and a £60 surcharge.

A restraining order was also put in place to prevent him from contacting Shannon.

“I haven’t seen him since it happened, but I do feel intimidated,” she said.

“I’m still angry about it. I feel stupid because I feel like I’ve been made to look like an idiot.”

 
 
 

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