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Acid Victim Left 'Isolated From Society'
A woman left permanently scarred after having acid thrown in her face says she has endured an emotional "whirlwind" since the attack.
Less than a week after her former friend, Mary Konye, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attack, Naomi Oni spoke of the lasting pain it had caused her.
Ms Oni said the attack had left her "emotionally and psychologically" scarred.
"(It) ruined my reputation, ruined me financially and it has isolated me from society," she said.
"She (Mary Konye) has managed to do everything she set out to do, and society has allowed her to do so."
Konye was found guilty of disguising herself in a veil and following her friend through Dagenham, East London, before throwing sulphuric acid in her face.
Ms Oni, a Victoria's Secret shop assistant, was almost blinded in one eye, lost an eyelid, her eyelashes and hair following the attack on December 30, 2012.
Despite CCTV footage of the veiled attacker, Ms Oni said she had been accused of throwing the acid on herself.
She described the allegations as: "The most outrageous thing that could have happened on top of what already happened.
"I've gone through a whirlwind, something that most people can't even imagine happening and I've had to be insulted time and time again."
Responding to allegations that the police were among the first to question her story, Metropolitan Police said they had explored every possibility while CCTV evidence was being collected.
A spokesman said: "All lines of inquiry were considered in the early stages of the investigation. The investigation was detailed and complex and officers had a duty to explore every avenue of inquiry and retain an open mind about the circumstances.
"They carried out numerous actions including door-to-door inquiries, leaflet drops, searches, interviews and forensic analyses.
"The CCTV evidence took some time to collate and analyse but then clearly showed a veiled suspect trailing the victim before the attack."
In a victim impact statement read out to the court last week, Ms Oni said the attack had left her "paranoid and scared."
She told Sky News: "As I walk, I constantly turn my back to see who is behind me."