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    Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:04pm
Not trying to say anything subliminal about niqabs at all but I am downright curious in why she was attacked?  I wonder if she has some beef with something that she brushed off as something minor.  Sorry if a repost.


Victoria's Secret worker scarred for life when niqab-wearing attacker threw acid in her face as she walked home from shop

  • Naomi Oni, 20, was almost blinded and will need years of skin grafts
  • She was heading back to her flat from the bus stop when she was injured
  • Had been talking to her boyfriend on the phone after a late shift
  • Says the apparently random attack has 'destroyed' her life
  • The shop assistant no longer wants to go out in public
  • She was inspired to share her story by acid-attack victim Katie Piper

By Emma Reynolds

PUBLISHED: 09:17 EST, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 11:38 EST, 1 February 2013


A Victoria's Secret shop assistant was scarred for life when a mysterious figure wearing a niqab threw acid in her face as she walked home from work.

Naomi Oni, 20, was left with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body after she was attacked in Dagenham, east London.

She has spent the past month having skin grafts and almost went blind, although she has now recovered her vision in her left eye and has partial sight in her right.

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Shocking: Naomi Oni, 20, was on the phone to her boyfriend when someone wearing a niqab threw acid at her

Her attacker was dressed like a Muslim woman in a niqab, so Ms Oni could not see their face. Police have no idea who was responsible for the vicious attack, or why they did it.

 

The shop assistant - who is sole carer for her disabled mother Marian Yalekhue, 52 - was making the five-minute journey back to their flat from the bus stop when she heard someone behind her.

Hidden: Ms Oni cannot describe attacked her because they were wearing a niqab, and police have not managed to identify who did it

Hidden: Police have not managed to identify who did attacked Ms Oni because they were wearing a niqab (file picture)

She had just finished a late shift at the Westfield Stratford store and was on the phone to her boyfriend Ato Owede, 23, at 12.40am.

'I’d been working a late shift and was talking to my boyfriend about what we were going to do for New Year when I saw this Muslim woman wearing a niqab covering her face,' she told the Evening Standard.

'I thought it was a bit strange at that time of night, but she didn’t say anything and I kept on walking.

'Then I felt a splash on my face. It burned and I screamed out. I started running and screaming, holding my face, all the way home. I didn’t look back.

'I got home and I was screaming and banging on the door. I was hysterical. Luckily my godmother, who is a pharmacist, was at home with my mum and she helped me and kept dipping my face in water and trying to calm me down until the police and ambulance got there.

'I was in shock. Saying: "Who would do that? Who would do that?" How could anyone do this?'.

She has released the shocking images of her disfigured face in an appeal for help to catch the attacker whose identity was concealed behind the Muslim women’s dress which completely covers the face apart from the eyes.

Ms Oni decided to speak out after police failed to establish any motive behind the December 30 attack or identify a suspect.

She said the attack had 'destroyed' her life and left her too afraid to venture out or even show her face in public.

'I look in the mirror and it just isn’t me. I’ll never look the same again,' she said. 'I’ve always been outgoing and confident in my job and in my personal life, used to getting attention for the way I dress or my hair, but now I don’t want anyone looking at me.

Devastating: Ms Oni had just finished a shift at Westfield Stratford shopping centre and was minutes from home

Devastating: Ms Oni had just finished a shift at Westfield Stratford shopping centre and was minutes from home

Life-altering: A woman walks past a shopping centre Victorias Secret shop similar to the one where Ms Oni worked before the attack

Life-altering: A woman walks past a shopping centre Victoria's Secret shop similar to the one where Ms Oni worked before the attack

'I don’t want people to see me in public. I don’t want to get the Tube or the bus. If I have to go to the hospital I take a taxi.

'I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to my job. I was planning to go to college in September to study media and fashion, but I don’t even know if I’ll be able to do that.'

The store assistant has been told she faces months if not years of skin grafts and further plastic surgery and even then is likely to be left with severe facial scarring.

She and her mother say they are too afraid to go back to their council flat in Dagenham. They are currently sleeping on a friend’s sofa-bed after turning down the offer to be rehoused in Tottenham on safety grounds.

Ms Oni said she had been inspired by the story of Katie Piper, the model who launched a charity and spoke out publicly after falling victim to an acid attack orchestrated by her boyfriend, but that she would never feel safe with her attacker still at large.

'Even with the support of my family and friends and boyfriend I feel very alone,' she said. 'Nothing is going to be same anymore.'

A Scotland Yard spokesman said acid attacks were 'extremely rare' and that detectives were keeping an 'open mind as to the motive.'

Officers from Barking and Dagenham are investigating. No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing.

  • Anyone with information should contact police on 0203 276 1058 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:06pm
This makes me so sad.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:08pm
I believe people are using these religious coverings when they do these attacks on purpose. Either they are trying to garnish hate or see it as an easy way to be nearly anonymous.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:10pm
OMg that is terrible.  My heart goes out to her. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:10pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:11pm
Walking alone at night is such a danger for women. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:12pm
People are very wicked!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:18pm
Wow... My heart broke reading this story. Why was she targeted? This is soo sad!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 01 2013 at 3:36pm
Where are people buying all this acid?
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