A young woman has been found guilty of throwing acid in the face of a friend while disguised in a Muslim veil. Mary Konye, 21, attacked Naomi Oni, in 2012 because she once called her ugly. In the weeks that followed, Konye pretended to give her victim a shoulder to cry on.
ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports:
Warning: This report contains images of the immediate aftermath of the acid attack.
The Metropolitan Police has paid tribute to the bravery of acid attack victim Naomi Oni after her former friend was found guilty of the attack.
DCI Dave Whellams said Mary Konye, 21, carried out a "horrible offence which required a degree of planning and calculation" after what he described as a "trivial, insignificant argument".
Speaking outside London's Snaresbrook Crown Court, he said:
"The result today will give Naomi Oni some comfort but she's never going to be away from the fact that she's scarred. Everytime she looks in the mirror she's going to be reminded of the fact but it will enable her to start to get some closure."
Judge David Radford warned Mary Konye that she will face jail when he sentences her for carrying out an acid attack on Naomi Oni on March 7 after receiving reports.
He said: "I should make clear that, in my judgment, this is a case that will, in all likelihood, need a substantial custodial sentence. It is inevitable, but it won't be dealt with until I have received those reports."
He went on to thank jurors for their efforts, saying they had looked at the evidence "with great thoroughness, taking your time to reach your verdict".
Ms Oni burst into tears as she left the courtroom and was hugged by family and friends.
The Crown Prosecution Service has issued the following statement after a woman was found guilty of an acid attack on Naomi Oni in December 2012.
The use of acid as a weapon is cruel and horrifying. It can have a devastating effect on victims and can cause long term pain and disfigurement as well as emotional and psychological harm.
The attack in the early hours of 30 December left Naomi with shocking injuries, including deep chemical burns to her face, neck, forearm and thigh.
– Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor
[Mary] Konye has now been brought to justice and must face the full consequences of her appalling actions.
I would to like praise Naomi’s courage and dignity in giving evidence during this trial
Mary Konye, 21, has been found guilty of throwing acid in the face of her friend Naomi Oni while disguised in a Muslim veil in December 2012 because she once called her ugly.
During her trial, the jury at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that, following the attack, Konye pretended to give Ms Oni a shoulder to cry on.
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following Ms Oni as she left work at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm.
The pair, who had been friends since secondary school, fell out in April 2011 when Ms Oni allegedly accused Konye of texting her boyfriend and called her an "ugly monster".
A teenager who admitted throwing acid at a woman on her doorstep will be sentenced later today.
Mum-of-two Tara Quigley was badly scarred when acid was thrown in her face after she answered her front door in Romford, North East London, on April 30.
A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to a charge of throwing corrosive fluid on a person with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Ms Quigley, 28, has two more skin grafts to undergo this year and has suffered "horrible" pain while recovering from the attack.
Ms Quigley told Daybreak: "Some days I hate him, but the majority of the time I feel quite sorry for him, because I feel he is a child who is not capable of making an adult decision, even though he thought he did, he can't."