Naomi Oni acid attack: Man and woman arrested

Remember her! We recently reported how she was attacked in east London. Read the story HERE. Two people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the acid attack . Naomi Oni, 21, had acid thrown in her face after getting off a bus in Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, on 30 December at at 00:40 GMT.

Naomi Oni

On Friday, a 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being involved in causing grievous bodily harm. On Sunday, a man aged 28 was taken in for questioning on the same offence, detectives said. Both have been bailed to return to police, pending further inquiries.

Police said they would like to speak with a potential witness who got on the 368 bus at Barking railway station and got off at Lodge Avenue about five minutes after Miss Oni. He is described as black, about 20 to 30 years old, 5ft 5in and of medium build. He was wearing a black jacket and a black hooded top with blue jeans.

Earlier, police were investigating a theory that Naomi may have inflicted the injuries on herself. They seized her computer and found she had searched websites about acid attacks before she suffered her injuries. She is believed to have researched Katie Piper, a model who became famous for her bravery after she had sulphuric acid thrown in her face by an ex-boyfriend in 2008. Naomi said she was ‘really upset’ about the allegation. Her family accused the police of not doing enough to catch the true perpetrator and wasting time by instead focusing on a ‘crazy’ line of enquiry.

Katie Piper

Katie Piper

Miss Oni was making her way home from her job at Victoria’s Secret lingerie store in Westfield, Stratford, when she sustained burns to her face. She spent a month in a burns unit and has been left partially blinded from what she claimed was an unprovoked assault by a woman wearing an Islamic niqab. Naomi said she feared an unknown enemy was ‘out to kill her’ and wanted to die when she first saw the way her face had been disfigured.

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