Woman convicted of acid attack on former friend

23/01/2014

Mary Konye, 21, was convicted today (23 January) at Snaresbrook Crown Court for applying a corrosive fluid with intent, contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The attack occurred in Dagenham on 30 December 2012 and the victim, Naomi Oni, was left with life-altering injuries.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "The use of acid as a weapon is cruel and horrifying. It can have a devastating effect on victims and can cause long term pain and disfigurement as well as emotional and psychological harm.

"The attack left Naomi with shocking injuries, including deep chemical burns to her face, neck, forearm and thigh.

"This was an extremely brutal attack committed as Naomi made her way home from work. Mary Konye disguised herself in a niqab and followed the victim from her workplace in Stratford to her home in Dagenham. As she got off a bus near her home the defendant threw sulphuric acid over her, then fled the scene.

"Mary Konye and the victim used to be friends and they had discussed the high profile case of Katie Piper who was the victim of an acid attack in 2008, and how Naomi had been particularly moved and upset by her story. Konye exploited this fear to cause maximum harm and her defence of suggesting that the victim would have thrown acid on herself was contemptible.

"Konye has now been brought to justice and must face the full consequences of her appalling actions.

"I would to like praise Naomi's courage and dignity in giving evidence during this trial."