A woman is warning of the dangers of internet dating after she was brutally attacked by a man her friend met online – leaving her with a broken eye socket.
Katherine Long, 26, was left scarred for life following the horror attack where she was punched in the face by the man her friend met through internet dating.
Katherine’s friend had been dating the man, who was of a muscular build and spent hours a week at the gym, for three months when Katherine was introduced to him in July 2014.
The trio enjoyed some drinks together but when Katherine got up to get her bag from the kitchen to leave, she says the man punched her in the face.
Now she is warning others about the dangers of internet dating after she claims the man has since been spotted looking for love online.
Katherine, who suffered a broken eye socket, a deep cut to her eyebrow and horrific bruising to her face, said: “I went round to my friend’s house for a couple of drinks with them both.
“They had quite a lot to drink, I couldn’t as I was working the next day. Because of that I decided to leave and, as I went to get my bag, he punched me hard in the face.
“I didn’t know this man until the day he attacked me, but he has affected my life ever since.
“The attack caused massive devastation to me and my family, so much so that I feel I need to make people aware of the dangers of internet dating. People are not who they say they are, it is so dangerous.”
Katherine was knocked unconscious and rushed to Hull Royal Infirmary, East Yorks.
She had an emergency CT scan and needed stitches to the wound near her eye. She says there was “no reason” for him to punch her.
Katherine said: “I had to take three weeks off work because of what he did. My little girl, who was four at the time, was petrified of what happened to her mum.”
The attacker pleaded guilty to wounding and inflicting grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Hull Crown Court in October 2014.
He received a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was also subjected to a 12-month community order and given a two-year restraining order against Katherine and her friend.
Katherine, of Hull, said: “I was disgusted with the sentence, he should have gone to prison.
“With the sentence in mind, I feel it is my responsibility to raise awareness to prevent this happening again. I want people to be aware that everything is not always as it seems.”
Katherine says despite her ordeal, she will not let her attacker win.
She added: “I am genuinely OK now. I’ve had two years to come to terms with what happened.
“I am not the type of person to let anything get the better of me. I have a little girl to look after, I will never let him ruin my life.”