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Saturday 26 July 2014

Woman facing jail after being convicted of acid attack on friend

Paul Peachey

Published 24/01/2014|02:30

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Metropolitan Police  undated handout photo of Mary Konye who has been found guilty at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court  of throwing acid in the face of a friend while disguised in a Muslim veil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 23, 2014. Konye, 21, attacked Naomi Oni, an assistant at a Victoria's Secret lingerie shop, on December 30 2012 because she once called her ugly. See PA story COURTS Acid. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

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Mary Konye has been found guilty at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court of throwing acid in the face of a friend while disguised in a Muslim veil
Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of injuries sustained by Naomi Oni after she acid thrown in her face by Mary Konye who has been found guilty today at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday January 23, 2014. Konye, 21, attacked Oni, an assistant at a Victoria's Secret lingerie shop, on December 30 2012 because she once called her ugly. See PA story COURTS Acid. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

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Injuries sustained by Naomi Oni after she acid thrown in her face by Mary Konye who has been found guilty today at London's Snaresbrook Crown Court

A YOUNG woman who spent nearly two years plotting revenge against a former friend who branded her ugly was facing a substantial prison sentence last night after being convicted of throwing acid into her rival's face.

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Mary Konye (21), disguised herself with a Muslim veil to carry out the attack before consoling a weeping Naomi Oni on the phone after she removed the bandages in hospital and discovered the extent of the damage to her face. Konye's role emerged after she was discovered to have posted pictures online of Freddy Krueger, the gruesomely featured villain of the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' horror films, before and after the attack. "She better not mess with me or I'll make her face look like this," she said in a post beforehand.

The two, friends since school, fell out in April 2011 after Ms Oni called her friend an "ugly monster" after she discovered that she had been contacting her boyfriend.

Konye was insecure about her own looks and asked other friends about obtaining acid and a niqab. She carried out the attack with concentrated sulphuric acid on December 30, 2012, after she followed her friend from work at a branch of the Victoria's Secrets lingerie chain to Dagenham, east London. (© Independent News Service)

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