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Fashion student who threw acid over her ex-boyfriend in ‘act of pure evil’ which left him with such devastating injuries he ended his life in euthanasia clinic is jailed for 12 years

Mark van Dongen, 29, was attacked with acid as he slept in a Bristol home in 2015

Ex-girlfriend Berlinah Wallace has been convicted of throwing acid with intent

A judge branded the crime ‘an act of pure evil’ as she jailed her for life today


PUBLISHED: 10:38, 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10, 23 May 2018

A fashion student who poured sulphuric acid over her former partner’s face after he left her for another woman has been jailed for at least 12 years.

Berlinah Wallace, 48, purchased a bottle of 98% concentration sulphuric acid and viewed 82 websites about acid attacks – including post-mortem images – after Mark van Dongen said their relationship was over.

Wallace threw the liquid over the engineer as he slept in bed at her flat in Bristol in September 2015 and laughed as she told him: ‘If I can’t have you, no-one else can.’

The 29-year-old was left in a coma for four months, suffered extensive burns to his body, was left blind in one eye, paralysed from the neck down and had to have his lower left leg amputated. He died by euthanasia at a hospital in Belgium on January 2 2017.

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