Victoria's Secret worker 'poured acid over HERSELF to achieve fame and fortune' claims friend accused of horrific attack
Mary Konye, the 21 year old jealous friend being accused of attacking Naomi Oni with acid in Dec. 2012 made some shocking allegations of her own in court today.
She told the courts through her lawyers that Naomi set up the attack and asked her (Mary Konye) to 'play the stalker' and throw the acid on her face, which was all part of an elaborate plan to be rich and famous.
"This makes no sense to me. Why would you want to do that to yourself to be rich and famous? How many rich and famous people have their faces disfigured by acid? The things you hear."
Miss Oni insisted she was not 'obsessed' with plastic surgery or the story of fellow acid attack victim Katy Piper, despite an internet search history on her laptop suggesting otherwise.
In cross examination Sally O'Neill asked her to explain to jurors the story of Ms Piper before asking whether she had become obsessed by the disfigured model.
Miss Oni said: "I wouldn't say obsessed but it deeply moved me. I read about other attacks but it was not an obsession."
Ms O'Neill said it was the defence case that she hatched a plan with Konye to pour acid over herself to improve her future prospects.
She said: "You said if something similar to that of Katy Piper happened to you then that wouldn't be the end of the world because Katy Piper probably had a career boost."
Miss Oni simply replied:"'No." The defence barrister asked her why she had visited a series of plastic surgery websites.
Miss Oni answered: "I do not think I was very pretty at all. I went on the sites for no reason in particular - I had body issues and I was interested in plastic surgery for my body but there was no particular reason.
I remember searching for my eyelids because I had double eyelids which I didn't like so I planned one day to see if I could do something about it."
But Ms O'Neill said: "You formalised a plan in which you would become the victim of a random acid attack in the hope that you would receive the same type of fame and fortune as Katy Piper had.
You were of the view that Katy Piper still looked lovely after the attack but that you would need something else to support the attack because the police wouldn't believe you and that was where you brought Mary Konye into it.
Your play was, I suggest, that you would make an allegation that you had been followed and attacked and you wanted Mary Konye to be part of that - you wanted her to follow you and also, initially, wanted her to throw the acid.
She absolutely refused to do that and you said that you were actually going to throw the acid yourself towards your neck area."
Miss Oni replied: "That is very untrue."
Mary Konye, 21, admits disguising herself in a niqab and stalking Naomi Oni, also 21, on her way home from work, but denies she doused her in sulphuric acid.
Miss Oni yesterday described the moment she was attacked and told Snaresbrook Crown Court after she saw the damage done she thought:"I’m ugly, no one’s going to marry me now."
The woman described how, on her way home from work at a Victoria’s Secret lingerie store, she got off at her bus stop in Dagenham, East London, and felt a ‘presence’ before turning to see someone in a niqab.
She then felt a ‘massive splash’ as the acid was thrown at her, scarring her for life and disfiguring her face, dissolving her hair and eyelashes and burning her tongue as she screamed.
The court heard that the pair had a ‘rocky relationship’ and had stopped speaking from April to September 2011 after a row over Konye sending text messages to Miss Oni’s boyfriend.