Search

Video: Victim in Stratford acid attack speaks of her terror

15:43 07 January 2014

Acid attack victim Naomi Oni after the attack

Acid attack victim Naomi Oni after the attack

Archant

The victim of an acid attack which left her scarred for life has spoken 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

Naomi Oni, 21, told Snaresbrook Crown Court 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.

Ms Oni only noticed a “presence” following her as she turned into Bromhall Road, Dagenham, where the attack took place.

Student Mary Konye, 21, of Throckmorton Road, Canning Town, is accused of throwing acid into her friend’s face and the court heard she had later posted a picture of horror film character Freddie Krueger on a social messaging site after the alleged attack.

The court was told Konye 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 Katie 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 the early hours of December 30, 2012, Konye used messaging service Whatsapp to post a picture of the Freddie Krueger character along with the caption: “Who looks like Wrong Turn now?” Jurors also heard that Konye claims Ms Oni threw the acid into her own face.

The court was told that Ms Oni was on the phone to her boyfriend as she walked home when she was doused with concentrated sulphuric acid.

“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.”

Giving evidence Ms Oni said: “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.

“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.”

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

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

The trial continues.

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
What the development will look like

More than 500 new homes are set to be built in Stratford after development plans to revitalise the area were approved.

Stratford Centre
Yesterday, 07:00
Pupils from Rosetta Primary School took part in the Schools Festival at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

Pupils from a Custom House school were treated to a glimpse of Olympic life last week when they took part in a fun sports event at one of the London 2012 venues.

Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
Yesterday, 07:00
Basil Talha

Local community youth leader Basil Talha has a real talent.

United Kingdom
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Urban golf

It might be an outdoor sport of vast green fairways and well-trimmed lawns, but golf is has reached the big city.

Elizabeth Olympic Park

Most read news

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more
Time to experience the dizzy heights of London's tallest attraction!

Morgan Pryce, commercial property experts based in London are offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Shard viewing platform in the city itself.

Read more

Digital Edition

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


Our trusted business finder