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Trial set for woman accused of throwing acid on shop worker

BEFORE AND AFTER: Naomi Oni suffered horrific burns from the acid attack

A TRIAL date has been set for a woman who allegedly threw sulphuric acid at a shop assistant in east London.

Mary Konye, 21, of Canning Town, is charged with intent to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do grievous bodily harm to Naomi Oni.

Oni, a 21-year-old shop assistant, was attacked in the early hours of December 30, 2012, as she walked home from her job at shop Victoria's Secret in Westfield shopping centre, Stratford.

She spent a month in hospital after suffering burns to her face, lost her hair and eyelashes, and had to undergo skin grafts.

Speaking about the ordeal, Oni said: "The first time I looked I was shocked. I didn't want to live after I saw my face."

Describing the moment when she first looked in the mirror following the incident, Oni added: "My head was 10 times the size, my face was black, my eyes were swollen and my eyes were cutting out.

"I thought I was going to go blind. I was terrified."

Mary Konye will stand trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on January 6, 2014.

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