Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Beauty is only Skin Deep: Naomi Oni Acid Attack Victim


A UNIVERSITY student disguised herself in Muslim dress and threw acid in her own friend’s face because she was jealous of her good looks, a court heard yesterday.

Mary Konye, 21, is accused of following Naomi Oni home from work before attacking the Victoria’s Secret shop assistant in a Dagenham street, east London, on December 30, 2012.

The court heard how mobile phone records showed Konye in the area the night Oni was attacked.
“Gareth Patterson, prosecuting, said: “The phones of both young women were using the same cell site about the same time. The prosecution says that was because Naomi was being followed by the defendant and the defendant was the person who carried out the attack.”

This allegedly contradicted her previous claim to police that she was, “tucked-up” in bed in Canning Town when the attack happened at 12.24am in Dagenham.
Oni, also 21, ran home in fear of her life, where her family tried frantically to wash off the acid, but she lost skin from her face and has permanent scarring across her body, Snaresbrook Crown Court was told.
Konye – whose clothes tested positive for sulphuric acid – is alleged to have told a friend she wanted to throw acid at Oni but denies the attack.

The Hertfordshire University business and finance student knew that Oni – a friend since secondary school – had been deeply moved by the widely reported case of model Katie Piper, jurors heard.
Piper was left badly scarred and blind in one eye after she had sulphuric acid thrown in her face in a 2008 attack arranged by her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch. READ MORE

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