How Jealousy, Blind Obsession With Looks Led To Horrific Acid Attack On...

How Jealousy, Blind Obsession With Looks Led To Horrific Acid Attack On Beautiful Model (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

By Daily Mail Online on January 25, 2014
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Naomi Oni 'This Morning' TV Programme, London, Britain. - 06 Feb 2013 SCARRED FOR LIFE - ACID ATTACK - We speak to Naomi Oni, left scarred for life after a stranger threw acid in her face as she walked home alone from work. (Credit: Photo by Steve Meddle / Rex Features)

The horrific injuries of a Victoria’s Secret worker who had acid hurled in her face have been revealed as her childhood friend has been found guilty of carrying out the attack while disguised in a Muslim veil.

Mary Konye, 21, stalked Naomi Oni from the lingerie store where she worked after her friend had likened her to a monster from a horror film.

Miss Oni, also 21, was scarred for life after Konye doused her with concentrated sulphuric acid near her home in Dagenham, Essex.

CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed Konye in a niqab following her as she left work at the Victoria’s Secret shop in Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm.

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Konye was said to obsessively jealous of the victim's good looks and, after a previous argument between them, hatched a plan to attack her with acid (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Konye was said to obsessively jealous of the victim’s good looks and, after a previous argument between them, hatched a plan to attack her with acid
(Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Konye was said to obsessively jealous of the victim's good looks and, after a previous argument between them, hatched a plan to attack her with acid (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Konye was said to obsessively jealous of the victim’s good looks and, after a previous argument between them, hatched a plan to attack her with acid (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

 

The horrific injuries sustained by acid attack victim Naomi Oni have been revealed today as Mary Konye was found guilty of throwing corrosive acid in her friend's face
The horrific injuries sustained by acid attack victim Naomi Oni have been revealed today as Mary Konye was found guilty of throwing corrosive acid in her friend’s face (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

Naomi Oni, also 21, was scarred for life after Konye doused her with concentrated sulphuric acid near her home in Dagenham, Essex

Police investigating the attack have said: 'The victim's life has been changed forever - she will always bear the scars of what happened - but she has been incredibly brave' (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Police investigating the attack have said: ‘The victim’s life has been changed forever – she will always bear the scars of what happened – but she has been incredibly brave’ (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Mary Konye (pictured in court drawing), 21, stalked Naomi Oni from the lingerie store where she worked after her friend had likened her to monster from a horror film. (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Mary Konye (pictured in court drawing), 21, stalked Naomi Oni from the lingerie store where she worked after her friend had likened her to monster from a horror film. (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

She suffered serious burns to her face and chest, lost her hair and eyelashes, and required skin graft surgery to cover the burns.

The jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court reached its unanimous verdict following around seven and a half hours of deliberations after it was sent out yesterday afternoon.

Miss Oni’s mother jumped from her set and appeared jubilant at the verdict.

Mary Konye (pictured) stalked her friend after becoming jealous of her looks, it was said (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Mary Konye (pictured) stalked her friend after becoming jealous of her looks, it was said (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

Judge David Radford adjourned sentence until March 7 while psychological reports are prepared and said: ‘In ordering these reports my judgement is that in all likelihood the case well lead to a substantial custodial sentence.

‘But it will not be decided until I have had these reports – I do not want Konye to misunderstand the reasons.’

He said: ‘I should make clear that, in my judgment, this is a case that will, in all likelihood, need a substantial custodial sentence. It is inevitable, but it won’t be dealt with until I have received those reports.’

He thanked the jurors for their efforts, saying they had looked at the evidence ‘with great thoroughness, taking your time to reach your verdict’.

Miss Oni burst into tears as she left the courtroom and was hugged by family and friends.

Konye, a business and finance student, of Canning Town, east London, had denied throwing or casting a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm.

But dressed in black, Konye remained calm as the jury of eight men and four women returned their verdict.

A jury at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court had earlier heard that, the day after the attack, Konye had offered Miss Oni a shoulder to cry on, and had sent a mobile phone message to her friend, who was in hospital receiving treatment, saying ‘OMG, I can’t believe it.’

Konye, was also said to have asked Muslim students about where to buy a niqab, or Islamic veil.

Naomi Oni, a Victoria's Secret shop assistant, was left scarred for life after the incident in Dagenham on December 30 2012 (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Naomi Oni, a Victoria’s Secret shop assistant, was left scarred for life after the incident in Dagenham on December 30 2012 (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

 

Naomi Oni, pictured after the attack, speaking in an interview in which she said she was attacked by a person wearing a veil covering their face after getting off a bus in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, on 30 December (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Naomi Oni, pictured after the attack, speaking in an interview in which she said she was attacked by a person wearing a veil covering their face after getting off a bus in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, on 30 December (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

The court heard that Konye told a friend she planned to have her raped and wanted to disfigure Miss Oni, saying: ‘I’m going to mess up the one thing that girl has – her looks.’

Omolola Vincent, 20, told the North-East London court: ‘She said she was going to throw acid on her. She told me she had acid. She bought it online.’

In 2008, model and TV presenter Katie Piper was badly scarred and left blind in one eye in an assault arranged by her ex-boyfriend, Daniel Lynch.

Miss Oni earlier told the court that Konye was aware of how much of an impact Ms Piper’s ordeal had on her after watching a television documentary about it.

The pair had been friends since secondary school, but suffered a vicious fall out in April 2011 when Miss Oni allegedly accused Konye of texting her boyfriend and called her an ‘ugly monster’.

Instead she claimed that Miss Oni had hatched an elaborate plan to throw acid in her own face so that she could become as famous as Miss Piper. CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Instead she claimed that Miss Oni had hatched an elaborate plan to throw acid in her own face so that she could become as famous as Miss Piper. CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following her as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

 

Naomi Oni was left with life-changing injuries

Jurors were shown a CCTV image allegedly showing Konye following the victim while dressed in the Muslim veil, moments before the attack

Mary Konye is accused of being the woman in the niqab creeping up of Naomi Oni at Barking station (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)
Mary Konye is accused of being the woman in the niqab creeping up of Naomi Oni at Barking station (Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK)

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