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CCTV Footage Of 'Revenge' Acid Attack Released
CCTV images have been released allegedly showing the moments before a woman disguised in a veil followed her friend through a train station before throwing acid in her face.
Mary Konye, 21, allegedly followed Naomi Oni home and attacked the Victoria's Secret lingerie shop assistant for once calling her ugly, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
Ms Oni, also 21, suffered serious burns to her face and chest, lost her hair and eyelashes and was left scarred for life by the attack on December 30, 2012.
The following day Konye sent a mobile phone message to her friend, who was in hospital receiving treatment, saying: "OMG, can't believe it."
The pair fell out in April 2011 when Ms Oni allegedly accused Konye of texting her boyfriend and called her an "ugly monster".
They did not speak between April and September that year, but then became friends again.
Ms Oni told the jury of eight men and four women that her friend was "insecure" about her looks.
After the attack Ms Oni had skin graft surgery, with skin from her right leg removed to cover her burns.
Describing the moment she was attacked, she said: "I immediately felt that someone was trying to kill me and so my instinct was to run as fast as I could to get home."
Konye and Ms Oni had been friends since secondary school before the attack happened near the victim's home in Dagenham, east London.
During their school days the pair shared a "private joke" about 2003 horror movie Wrong Turn, which features scenes of cannibalism, Ms Oni told the jury.
It is alleged that after the attack Konye posted a picture of the deformed Freddy Krueger character from terror movie Nightmare on Elm Street, together with the message: "Who looks like Wrong Turn now?"
CCTV footage obtained by police after the attack showed a figure in a niqab following Ms Oni as she left work at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford at around 11.30pm.
Hertfordshire University business and finance student Konye, of Canning Town, East London, denies throwing or casting a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm.
The case continues.
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