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Dagenham acid attack: Jury retire to consider its verdict

  • 22 January 2014
  • From the section London
Naomi Oni before and after acid attack
Naomi Oni was on her way home from work when she was attacked in 2012

The jury in the trial of a young woman accused of throwing acid in her friend's face after she was called ugly has retired to consider its verdict.

Mary Konye, 21, allegedly dressed in a veil and attacked Naomi Oni after following her home.

Ms Oni, 21, a Victoria's Secret shop assistant, was left scarred and needed skin grafts after the incident in Dagenham, on 30 December 2012.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court, Ms Konye, of Canning Town, denies throwing acid.

'OMG, I can't believe it'

The court heard that Ms Oni suffered serious burns to her face and chest, lost her hair and eyelashes.

CCTV footage obtained by police showed a figure in a niqab following Ms Oni as she left work at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at about 23:30 GMT.

The jury heard that the following day Ms Konye texted Ms Oni in hospital, saying "OMG, I can't believe it."

The pair, who had been friends since secondary school, fell out in April 2011 when Ms Oni allegedly accused Ms Konye of texting her boyfriend and called her an "ugly monster".

CCTV footage from Barking Station
A woman in a veil was captured on CCTV allegedly following Ms Oni, who carries a pink bag, on the day of the acid attack

Following the attack, it is alleged Ms Konye posted a picture of the burnt faced Freddy Krueger character from the horror film Nightmare on Elm Street, together with the message: "Who looks like Wrong Turn now?"

Ms Konye has pleaded not guilty to throwing or casting a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm.

The jury has been sent home and will resume deliberations on Thursday.

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