Search

Jury out in Dagenham acid attack trial

15:47 22 January 2014

Naomi Oni after having new eyebrows created

Naomi Oni after having new eyebrows created

Archant

Jurors in the trial of alleged acid attacker Mary Konye have retired to consider their verdict today.

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

She has repeatedly denied the charges against her, telling the court that the pair had planned the attack together in order to win fame and fortune from media interest in the case — using the story of disfigured model Katie Piper as a “reference”.

Ms Oni, who has been left with severe facial scarring, refuted claims she plotted to throw acid on herself and instead said she was the victim of an attack masterminded by Konye, of Throckmorton Road, Canning Town.

The jury of eight men and four women heard a summing up of the case by prosecutor Gareth Patterson and defence counsel Sally O’Neill at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

They were sent out after a final summary from Judge David Radford earlier today and are expected to return a final verdict in the coming days.

Konye denies applying corrosive fluid with intent to disfigure, maim or cause grievous bodily harm.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 16:58
Take part in our social media hustings from 7pm to 8pm

Take part in our live social media hustings this evening where you’ll be able to quiz candidates battling to become MP for West Ham in this year’s general election.

Facebook
Yesterday, 16:51
Take part in our social media hustings from 7pm to 8pm

Take part in our live social media hustings this evening where you’ll be able to quiz all the candidates battling to become MP for East Ham in this year’s general election.

Facebook
Yesterday, 17:37
Police at City of London Cemetery in Manor Park

A man who stabbed a “loving husband and father” to death during a family funeral in Manor Park has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Homicide and Major Crime Command
Yesterday, 16:46
Supt Simon Dobinson from the Met's Firearms Command, Borough Commander Tony Nash, Sir Robin Wales  and Pc Justin Wiseman from the Territorial Support Group (picture: Paul Boyling)

Police officers have marked the sixth anniversary of the death of a colleague who suffered a fatal head injury in the line of duty.

Metropolitan Police

Most read news

Competitions

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Read more
Seasons 1-4 on Blu-ray, as well as a shiny new Sony Blu-ray player could be coming your way!

To celebrate the fifth series of George RR Martin and HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones, Ladbrokes is giving away a series one to four Blu-ray box set along with a Sony Blu-ray player to one lucky winner!

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder