Victoria’s Secret worker scarred for life by niqab-wearing acid attacker

via EXCLUSIVE: Young woman scarred for life and almost blinded in random acid attack on London street – London Evening Standard.


A young woman was facially disfigured and almost lost her eyesight in a horrific unprovoked acid attack on the streets of London.

Naomi Oni, 20, was on her way home from work when an unknown attacker dressed in a niqab threw a chemical substance at her leaving the retail assistant with severe burns on her head, neck, arms, legs and body.

These shocking images have now been released by Ms Oni 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, who is employed by Victoria’s Secret at the Westfield Stratford shopping centre, was five minutes from home in Dagenham, east London when she was attacked on December 30.

The 20-year-old was only released from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford last weekend after spending almost a month receiving skin grafts and specialist treatment in the hospital’s burns unit.

Doctors initially warned Ms Oni that she may not be able to see again and although she can now see out of her left eye she still only has partial vision in her right eye.

Ms Oni, who is sole carer for her disabled mother Marian Yalekhue, 52, has decided to speak out after police failed to establish any motive behind the attack or identify a suspect.

She told the Standard 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. 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.

“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,” said Ms Oni.

The store assistant had just got off the bus and was talking to her boyfriend Ato Owede, 23, on her phone when she felt someone walking behind her in Lodge Avenue in Dagenham at around 12.40am.

She said:“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. 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?”

Ms Oni 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.

The retail assistant 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. Nothing is going to be same anymore,” said Ms Oni.

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.


14 thoughts on “Victoria’s Secret worker scarred for life by niqab-wearing acid attacker

  1. Islam ” The Religion of Peace “, said often. Reality shows a different story. The followers of Islam have committed 20,338 deadly Terror attacks since 9-11-2001 alone. Millions of people have been injured and had families destroyed. Look at history and see how the followers of Islam treat women and everybody that does not submit to their 7th Century way of life, it is anything but peaceful.

  2. Muslims are now hated by more people around the world than Hitler was. It can be assumed that Westerners will soon be taking these filthy invaders to task in the streets. It is probably only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose and Muslims are wiped off the map in Western countries.

  3. Once the muzzie who did this gets caught they should dip that persons body all the way into a 55 gallon drum of acid see he how they like it.

  4. “”failed to establish any motive behind the attack or identify a suspect”””.”’“open mind as to the motive.”””

    open mind & brains fell OUT!!! obviously motivated by ISLAM obviously criminal identity can be hidden- therefore NO full head covers should be allowed ANYWHERE in LONDON-

  5. They have to wear sacks so they want to destroy all the beautiful women who dress normally and live normal lives, it is called extreme jealousy and evil personafied, they are evil, hating people who want to destroy anyone who doesn’t want to live in their 6th century hell with them.

  6. Levy a Moslem tax on the Moslem community as they did with non-Moslems in the past. If any one of them commit a crimes, levy the fine on their mosques and community centres, even on their schools. Ban the importation of foreign born clerics. Require religioius services to be held in English. Then, and only then, might they see that they will be held accountable. MIght even start to alter their activities.

  7. London has cameras all over the city to watch its citizens but allows full face coverage to go unchallenged because it is their religion! It’s a chosen custom, not a religious dictate. And even if it were, safety and national security comes first… or has all common sense evaporated in “open minded” Britain.

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

    This helps this poor girl HOW? I get that the UK is being over run by these animals but come on at least ACT like ya care!

    • To ‘Roberta’ – ARE YOU MUSLIM????? You certainly share the sentiments of one!!! HOW RIDICULOUS to imagine this to be a hoax!!!! But then of course, how could I forget, that ALL MUSLIMS are the champions of “liberty and justice for all”! Ya’ know, I’d really have more respect for the likes of you if I knew, in fact, that you were a muslima!!!! But, due to your Western-sounding name, I can only assume that you are, IN FACT, A STUPID DUMB-ASS, AMERICAN OR EUROPEAN AIRHEAD!!!!!



  9. Can you imagine anyone claiming “religion” for such a horrorific act? To harm an innnocent person in the name of religious belief is insane. Will Britain act?

  10. Nonsense!! No muslim women the conservative ones who wear niqab are allowed to/would go out alone even more at night. This is absolutely blatant lie!

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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