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Long road to recovery ahead for acid attack victim

Tracy Samuels‚ 39‚ was drenched with acid — a raw form of acetone used to clean surfaces – and set on fire in the horrific attack.
Tracy Samuels‚ 39‚ was drenched with acid — a raw form of acetone used to clean surfaces – and set on fire in the horrific attack.
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A woman who was severely burnt in an acid attack on Christmas Eve in Johannesburg is facing a long road to recovery.

Tracy Samuels‚ 39‚ was drenched with acid - a raw form of acetone used to clean surfaces – and set on fire in the horrific attack.

“She is on the road to recovery‚” said her uncle‚ Leonard Scott-Turner‚ on Friday. He added that her condition remained unchanged.

She was admitted to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto for treatment.

A man‚ who was subsequently arrested‚ allegedly attacked her during an argument over a person with whom she had been chatting on social media.

Scott-Turner said he expected the recovery process to take between two and three months.

Police spokesperson Captain Walter Spencer said a 43-year-old man appeared in the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

He was released after the case was not put on the court roll and was sent back for further investigation. A future court date will be set once the further investigation is complete and the docket is returned to the court.

The police are investigating a case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH). The charge can be changed at a later stage.

- Additional reporting by Kyle Cowan

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