A scorned woman murdered her ex-boyfriend by pouring sulphuric acid over him and laughed: “If I can’t have you no-one can”, a court heard.
Berlinah Wallace, 48, is alleged to have thrown the corrosive substance in the face of Mark van Dongen, during an argument in 2015.
He suffered 25 percent burns and such serious injuries he was left paralysed and only able to move his tongue.
Civil engineer Mark van Dongen died 15 months after the attack, having been approved for euthanasia ” alt=”Civil engineer Mark van Dongen died 15 months after the attack, having been approved for euthanasia ” data-credit=”SWNS” data-portal-copyright=”SWNS” data-provider=”Other” data-provider-asset-id=”205843812″ data-has-syndication-rights=”false”>
The 29-year-old also lost a leg, his left eye, and most of the sight in his right eye following the attack, Bristol Crown Court heard on Wednesday.
The civil engineer was left wanting to end his life and successfully applied for euthanasia, dying 15 months after the attack.
Wallace carried out the attack out of jealousy after the couple split up and van Dongen began seeing another woman, the court was told.
In the weeks before the attack Wallace carried out internet searches including “can I die from drinking sulphuric acid?” and searched for graphic images of acid attack victims, it is alleged.
Fashion student Wallace denies murder and applying a corrosive fluid after pouring acid over van Dongen at 3am on September 23, 2015.
Adam Vaitlingam QC, prosecuting, said: “The defendant had bought a bottle of sulphuric acid, which she bought online. At around 3am, as Mark was sleeping in bed, she poured the acid into a glass.
“She then went into the bedroom, and woke him up. She laughed and said ‘If I can’t have you no-one will’ and she threw the glass of sulphuric acid into his face.
“It covered his face and parts of his upper body and dripped onto his lower body as he moved. Covered in burning acid, Mark ran out into the street in his boxer shorts, screaming for help.”
The court heard couple had a five-year-relationship and lived together but it hit the rocks when Mark began seeing another woman in August 2015.
Shortly before his death, van Dongen, a Dutch national, is alleged to have told colleagues Wallace had been violent towards him, and “seemed genuinely scared.”
The couple had appeared to rekindle their romance, exchanging loving messages promising to try to make the relationship work again on September 22, …
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle