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UK woman jailed 12 years for acid attack on friend

Friday - 3/21/2014, 3:23pm  ET

Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of injuries sustained by Naomi Oni after she had acid thrown in her face by Mary Konye. A British woman has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for throwing acid on her friend's face following an argument. Mary Konye disguised herself in a veil and attacked Naomi Oni in the early hours of Dec. 30, 2012, leaving her with disfiguring burns on her face, a hand and a thigh. Police and prosecutors had said the 22-year-old Konye was jealous of her friend's looks and spent months hatching a plan for the attack following a trivial argument. Judge David Radford told Konye on Friday her "deliberate" and "wicked act" had been devastating to Oni in his sentencing at a London court. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police/PA)

LONDON (AP) -- A British woman was sentenced to 12 years in jail Friday for throwing acid on her friend's face following an argument.

Mary Konye disguised herself with a veil and attacked Naomi Oni in the early hours of Dec. 30, 2012, leaving her with disfiguring burns on her face, a hand and a thigh.

Police and prosecutors had said Konye was jealous of her friend's looks and spent months hatching a plan for the attack following a trivial argument. Both women are 22.

Judge David Radford told Konye on Friday her "deliberate" and "wicked act" had been devastating to Oni in his sentencing at a London court.

"This careful, premeditated criminality was planned against a person who reasonably believed you were a true friend," Radford told Konye. "Her friendship had been so wilfully betrayed by you."


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