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Acid attack trial: Accused threatened to “mess up” pal’s face

17:57 09 January 2014

Mary Konye

Mary Konye

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A student said she was going to “mess up” her friend’s face by throwing acid at her because her looks were the “one thing she had”, a court was told.

Omolola Vincent, 20, told jurors her college friend Mary Konye also threatened to get lingerie shop assistant Naomi Oni raped.

Konye, 21, is accused of dousing Victoria’s Secret shop assistant Ms Oni, also 21, with concentrated sulphuric as she walked home from work along Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, in the early hours of December 30, 2012.

“Mary said that she was going to mess up the one thing that the girl had which was her looks,” university student Ms Vincent told the court.

“She said she was going to throw acid over her.”

Ms Vincent said she had been friends with Konye at Southgate College where during a string of conversations over a month in 2011 they discussed Ms Oni.

She said Konye had sent a message to Ms Oni’s boyfriend claiming she was using him “for money and somewhere to stay”.

Then a student of chemistry, Ms Vincent claimed the defendant asked her if she could get hold of acid.

“She asked if the lab was open or if it was closed and then she said she would find some online,” she told the jury of four women and eight men.

Ms Vincent claimed Konye later laughingly told her she had bought acid on “one of those dodgy websites from dodgy places” and had it stored in her home.

During a separate conversation Ms Vincent said University of Hertfordshire business and finance student Konye said she “wanted to get the girl [Naomi] raped” before another mutual friend talked her out of it.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard how Konye had approached a group of Muslim girls in a college sociology class to ask where she could get a niqab (full length Muslim veil) for a pretend funeral.

“She went up to them one day and said to them that she had a relative who was Muslim that died and she wanted to know where she could get the full Muslim outfit,” she said.

Ms Vincent said Konye, who used to work at fashion store New Look and shoe shop Kurt Geiger at Westfield Stratford City, changed the profile of her Blackberry phone messenger service to a picture of horror character Freddie Krueger.

She said next to the Nightmare on Elm Street film character was a message which read: “That’s what you’re going to look like when I’m finished with you.”

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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