The man who raped, stabbed and then arranged an acid attack on television presenter Katie Piper could be freed from prison.

Daniel Lynch, a martial arts expert and Piper's ex-boyfriend, will face a parole board this year.

Lynch was jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years in May 2009 at London's Wood Green Crown Court, for raping Piper and for telling Stefan Sylvestre to throw acid on her.

The attack happened in March 2008, in Golders Green where Piper lived, leaving her with severe burns and blind in one eye.

Sylvestre was also handed a life sentence with a minimum term of six years, and was released on licence in 2018.

In 2022 he was sent back to prison for violating his licence conditions, with police issuing an arrest warrant after it was thought he had fled the country.

A spokeswoman for the Parole Board has confirmed that there will be a private hearing for Lynch on July 23 and 24.

Daniel Lynch, who was jailed for life after an assault on Katie Piper and then arranging for acid to be thrown in her faceDaniel Lynch, who was jailed for life after an assault on Katie Piper and then arranging for acid to be thrown in her face (Image: Metropolitan Police/PA)

Parole hearings are granted when there is a "realistic prospect" of release, or when they are considering a transfer to an open prison.

Opportunities are also given for victims to submit personal statements, and the decision made can be challenged.

Lynch had a previous conviction for pouring boiling water over a man.

He was said to have became obsessively jealous after briefly dating Piper and the attack was deemed steroid-fuelled.

The judge at the time, Judge Nicholas Browne QC, said that Sylvestre and Lynch "planned and then executed an act of pure, calculated and deliberate evil".

Piper, now 40, waived her right to anonymity as a rape victim following the trial.

Her recovery journey was detailed in a Channel 4 documentary episode, Katie: My Beautiful Face, and she has since founded the Katie Piper Foundation to help support burns victims.

Katie Piper has undergone more than 250 operations over the past 10 years.

She now hosts a podcast called Katie Piper’s Extraordinary People, is a panellist on Loose Women and presents Katie Piper’s Breakfast Show, both on ITV.