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Berlinah Wallace found guilty of acid attack on ex-boyfriend

PICTURED: Berlinah Wallace and Mark van Dongen

BERLINAH WALLACE has been found guilty of an acid attack in Bristol that left her former partner with life-changing injuries and resulted in visiting a euthanasia clinic to commit suicide.

The 49 year old threw sulphuric acid over Mark van Dongen, 29, in a fit of jealousy and rage after he began a relationship with another woman.

Bristol crown court heard that Wallace, a former fashion student, hurled acid at Van Dongen, an engineer, as he lay in bed, laughing and taunting him: “If I can’t have you, no one else can.”

Van Dongen’s face and much of his body was severely scarred. The acid burned through 25% of his body surface and he was paralysed from the neck down, lost most of his sight and his lower left leg had to be amputated.

He spent more than a year in hospital in Bristol before his family and friends hired a private ambulance to move him to Belgium, where he applied for euthanasia.

Wallace was found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent but cleared of murder.

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