September 18 2014 Latest news:
Freddy Mayhew, Reporter
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Canning Town student Mary Konye has been found guilty by a jury of the 2012 acid attack that left her friend, Naomi Oni, disfigured for life.
The jury took just over a day to convict Konye, of Throckmorton Road, of applying corrosive fluid with intent to disfigure, maim or cause grievous bodily harm.
Konye, 21, was told to expect a substantial sentence. She will be sentenced on March 7.
The student broke down in tears in the witness stand last week, claiming she had been the victim of a “conspiracy” and that the evidence against her was “all lies”.
But the jury this afternoon decided that Ms Oni who worked at Victoria’s Secret Lingerie shop in Westfield Stratford City was the victim of a deliberate attack by Konye as she walked to her home in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, in the early hours of December 30, 2012.
Under questioning from prosecutor Gareth Patterson, Konye openly sobbed at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, January 16, claiming Ms Oni had dropped her in it by denying her involvement in the plans.
“She left me in here. We planned it together and she left me here,” she said.
“Naomi wanted the publicity, because that was the whole point of what we planned, so that she could gain the publicity as well as the money that comes with media attention.”
A police statement will be issued shortly.