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Woman accused of acid attack begins defence

CCTV shown to the jury shows Naomi Oni being followed by a woman in a niqab Photo: Metropolitan Police

A woman accused of throwing acid into her friend's face because she was jealous has appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court to give evidence in her own defence.

Mary Konye, from Canning Town, denies attacking Naomi Oni with sulphuric acid.

See below for Senior Correspondent Ronke Phillips' report.

Mary Konye told the court that she and Naomi had previously been close friends. She claimed they had discussed model Katie Piper, who was also burned with acid. Konye claimed that Oni wanted to be as famous as Ms Piper, and that they'd discussed how her career had taken off since the attack.

Katie Piper attending the Sky Women in TV Awards, at the Hilton Hotel last month Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Sally O'Neill, QC, defending, asked her: 'Did there come a time when Naomi spoke to you about the Katie Piper attack, relating to her?"

"I remember her saying, 'Oh if this happened to me do you think I would make P - it means to make money. At first I was kind of confused - I was like, well if acid is thrown then what would be the outcome of that.

"I thought it was crazy but then I thought about Katie Piper and thought well maybe she would (make money). After that I kind of brushed off the idea but we would still look at acid attacks and pictures - I would send her some and she would send me some."

Konye admits she followed Miss Oni, but denies applying corrosive fluid with intent to disfigure, maim or cause grievous bodily harm.The trial continues.