Acid attack victim says on ITV's This Morning she holds no hate towards perpetrator


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The 20-year-old young woman who had acid thrown in her face appeared on ITV's This Morning today.

Naomi Oni told viewers she refused to let the attack ruin her life and would pursue her dream of becoming a make-up artist.

The Victoria's Secret sales assistant said she does not hold any hate towards her anonymous attacker, who disguised in a niqab threw acid in Oni's face, leaving her with third-degree burns and partially blind in one eye.

She said to presenters Phillip Schofield and Jenni Falconer: “And I just want [my attacker] to know that whatever they tried to do to me - they failed, because they've actually made me a stronger person. I'm actually happy... and whoever they are, if they can come out and reveal themselves, I would just like to know 'why?' - I don't hate them... I just want to know why...“

“They may have burnt my face...but me as a person, they can't do that. I wanted to be a make up artist and when I was in hospital I thought I could still be a make up artist and help people that have burns or skin problems... so helping myself, I could help these people as well.”

No arrests have been made and officers from Barking and Dagenham Criminal Investigation Department are keeping “an open mind as to the motive at this stage”.