Naomi Oni acid attack: Woman charged

Naomi Oni before and after acid attack Naomi Oni was on her way home from work when she was attacked in Dagenham, east London

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A woman has been charged over an acid attack on a 21-year-old in east London.

Naomi Oni had acid thrown in her face after getting off a bus in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, in the early hours of 30 December.

She was on her way home from her job at a Victoria's Secret store in Westfield, Stratford, when she was attacked.

Mary Konye, 21, has been charged with throwing or casting a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm.

Ms Konye, of Throckmorton Road, Canning Town, will appear before Redbridge Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Damaris Lakin, CPS London Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: "I have authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Mary Konye in relation to the throwing of sulphuric acid on to Naomi Oni on 30 December 2012 in Dagenham.

"I concluded that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to charge Ms Konye with throwing or casting a corrosive fluid with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm."

Miss Oni suffered burns to her face and lost her hair and eyelashes. She had to undergo skin grafts.

A 28-year-old man who was arrested in February in connection with the attack has been released with no further action.

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