The thug who left Katie Piper scarred for life when he threw acid in her face could be freed next month if the Parole Board decides he is no longer a threat to the public.
Stefan Sylvestre was jailed indefinitely in 2009 for hurling sulphuric acid in Katie's face on the orders of her obsessed ex-boyfriend.
The attack left her blind in one eye and she has had to endure years of surgery, with more than 40 operations.
Now, MailOnline understands Sylvestre's legal team has applied for a parole hearing aimed to convince the board he is no longer a danger.
The hearing is set for April.
A Parole Board spokesman confirmed to MailOnline his case has been referred to them for review.
Sylvestre had a bid for freedom denied in December 2015. He was 20 when a judge jailed him for life in 2009.
Katie's ex-boyfriend, Daniel Lynch, ordered the attack and is serving life in prison.
In her autobiography, Katie, now 33, wrote of the moment she heard that he was seeking parole for the first time.
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