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Mary Konye Guilty Of Acid Attack On Friend
A woman has been found guilty of disguising herself in a Muslim veil and throwing acid in her friend's face after the pair fell out.
Mary Konye, 21, left Naomi Oni scarred for life and as her victim lay in hospital pretended to show her sympathy, sending a text message saying "OMG, I can't believe it".
Her victim, also 21, needed skin grafts for serious burns to her face and also lost her hair and eyelashes.
CCTV footage played in court showed Konye wearing a niqab as she followed Ms Oni home from her job in Stratford, east London, on December 30, 2012.
The jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court heard the pair's friendship ended in April 2011 after Ms Oni allegedly called Konye an "ugly monster" and accused her of texting her boyfriend.
Prosecutors said the attack was a copycat of the one suffered by model and TV presenter Katie Piper in 2008.
Konye claimed that Ms Oni had planned the attack to get "fame and fortune and to sell her story to the paper" but the jury rejected what police called a "completely implausible story".
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams said Konye, a student from Canning Town, had carefully planned the attack.
"She has prepared for this over a number of months, even years, all resulting from a trivial, insignificant argument that everybody has in their everyday lives," he said.
"The result today will give Naomi only some comfort but she is never going to be away from the fact that she is scarred, every time she looks in the mirror she is going to be reminded of the fact but it will enable her to start to get some closure."
Ms Oni burst into tears as she left the court and was hugged by family and friends. Police paid tribute to her "courage and dignity" in giving evidence during the trial.
Konye was warned by the judge that she faces a "substantial" jail term when she is sentenced on March 7.
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