On May 20, Dr Rym Alaoui opened her front door to unexpectedly find her ex-boyfriend Milad Rouf disguised as a large, Black woman. What happened in the next few seconds would change her life forever.
The Brighton native fell victim to a horrific and premeditated acid attack that has left her with multiple physical and psychological injuries.
In her recent court appearance, the acid attack survivor revealed she has suffered life-changing injuries to her face, neck and chest. She further detailed being unable to close her eyes or move her neck.
Who is Dr Rym Alaoui?
Rym is a former Cardiff University student, who ended her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Milad, sometime in March, before moving to Brighton.
She took up a position working as a Junior Doctor at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in the city.
Her former boyfriend, Milad, 25, founded a website called DocBot in 2016. The acid attacker, who has been convicted and jailed for 15 years, claimed on the site that it was created by junior doctors and final year medical students in the UK. Rym is named as a marketing director of the site.
In her online bio on the website, Rym also wrote, “My name is Rym and I’m the marketing and finance manager at DocBot! I’m currently working as an F1 doctor in Brighton.” The acid attack survivor further detailed, ‘I’m particularly interested in neurology and anaesthetics’.
From her bio, we know that she was also the president of the Cardiff University Anaesthetics, Perioperative and Intensive Care Society. The medical practitioner is also a martial arts enthusiast.
Milad, who was sentenced on Thursday (October 7), attack Rym approximately six weeks after they broke up. The attacker disguised himself with make-up, a wig and a fat suit. He travelled from his home in Newport Road, Cardiff to Brighton via London.
Following the horrific incident, Rym was taken from her flat to the nearby Royal Sussex Hospital, where she worked. She was treated by her colleagues.
After fleeing the scene, Milad reportedly discarded his costume in bins across the city and bought new clothing from Primark.
Brighton acid attack survivor details horrific injuries
In her impact statement on Thursday, Rym read out to the court, “Since the day I was subject to this horrific attack, my life has changed. I live in pain and fear of my future wellbeing and financial hardship.”
‘I am unable to move my neck and close my eyelids. I have had five surgeries. I’m still trying to come to terms with more procedures and operation,” the acid attack victim detailed.
‘The impact of the attack includes severe damage to my right eye which I am still unable to see out of. Damage to eyelids and damage to the skin on the face, neck and arm.
‘I am unable to attend work or live my life. I have been robbed of years of my career and young adult life. The psychological effect had been colossal on me my family and loved ones,’ she further said.
Medical student Milad Rouf’s sentencing explored
During Thursday’s hearing, Judge Laing told Milad, “You thought about what you wanted to do and how you were going to do it and planned it over weeks before carrying it out.”
The judge went on to describe the incident as inexplicable other than provoked by simple jealousy and anger at being rejected. Milad pleaded guilty for the charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and using sulphuric acid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable.
He received a 15-year extended prison sentence at Lewes Crown Court. He will serve at least three-quarters of the 11 years in jail before being released temporarily on licence.
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