‘It felt like somebody was trying to kill me’ - Naomi Oni tells court of acid attack horror

15:32 07 January 2014

Naomi Oni after having new eyebrows created

Naomi Oni after having new eyebrows created

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Acid attack victim Naomi Oni has told a jury of her terror as she thought someone was trying to kill her.

CCTV footage of the suspect Photo: Met policeCCTV footage of the suspect Photo: Met police

The 21-year-old, who has been left scarred for life by the incident, today told Snaresbrook Crown Court how she had been working the evening shift from 7.30pm to 11.30pm at Victoria’s Secret, Westfield Stratford City and left work with her colleagues as normal.

She only noticed a “presence” following her as she turned into Bromhall Road from Lodge Avenue, Dagenham.

Giving evidence, Ms Oni said: “I was on the phone to my boyfriend and I felt a presence. I turned to my left and there I saw someone in black attire, a black niqab.

“I remember it facing me and staring directly looking at me. It was long and black and covered and I could only see the eyes – the face wasn’t visible.

Naomi Oni before the attackNaomi Oni before the attack

“I just thought I just wanted to cross the road and get home. I looked both ways and as I turned my head I felt a massive splash on my face.

“I immediately felt like somebody was trying to kill me and so my instinct was to run as fast as I could to get home – and that is what I did.”

Student Mary Konye, 21, is accused of throwing acid into her friend’s face.

The court was told she had later posted a picture of horror film character Freddie Krueger on a social messaging site after the attack.

The jury was told Konye, from Canning Town, had taken offence at an insult made by Ms Oni about her looking like a disfigured character from the cannibal horror film Wrong Turn.

Both women had also followed the case of model Katy Piper who was left permanently disfigured after a sulphuric acid attack in 2008.

Prosecutor Gareth Patterson said that after the attack near Ms Oni’s home in Lodge Avenue in the early hours of December 30, 2012, Konye used messaging service Whatsapp to post a picture of the Krueger character along with the caption: “Who looks like Wrong Turn now?”

Ms Oni’s face was left permanently disfigured by the incident.

Jurors also heard that Konye claims Ms Oni threw the acid into her own face.

Mr Patterson said that when the attack happened: “She screamed and felt her face burning – she could smell her skin and hair burning and immediately started running home,” Mr Patterson told the court.

“Her mother opened the door and found her daughter screaming hysterically.”

Jurors heard how that Konye and Ms Oni, who had known each other since secondary school, would constantly argue and fall out.

Konye, of Throckmorton Road, Canning Town, denies the charge of applying corrosive fluid with intent to disfigure, maim or cause grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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