An acid attack victim begged police for help just three weeks before his girlfriend allegedly attacked him, a court heard on Friday.
Mark van Dongen made a frantic 999 call telling an operator “something needs to be done”.
The 29-year-old accused ex-lover Berlinah Wallace, 48, of blackmail and also told a colleague she threatened to kill him if he left her.
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But the police officer who met van Dongen told him that Wallace was “pleading” and not harassing him. PC Katie Bettel saw him on 3 September, 2015, the day after his 999 call where he begged for “something to be done” to stop Wallace hounding him.
He told an operator she was threatening to tell police he had downloaded child abuse images unless he met her and was making silent phone calls to his new girlfriend. He claimed Wallace was “blackmailing” him and suggested she needed to be sectioned after the end of their on-off five year relationship.
PC Bettel told a jury she looked through his phone but did not perceive the text messages she saw to be threatening but of a “pleading nature”. She told Bristol Crown Court: “I wouldn’t have said that they were harassing.”
She later visited Wallace to warn her to stop contacting van Dongen, and told her how police could trace the source of silent phone calls. She added: “She was particularly quiet at the beginning.
“She just let me speak. I would normally expect someone to try and give their account but she was pretty much silent.” She advised Wallace to contact her GP with help for depression and to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau for advice on sorting out bills, which van Dongen had previously taken care of.
Van Dongen’s colleague Colin Evans recalled being told that Wallace was violent and that he was “genuinely frightened” of her. He told the court he had seen scratch marks on Van Dongen’s back when they were working on site together, and described his colleague as a “gentle giant.”
He said van Dongen also disclosed some details of his relationship and accused Wallace of being abusive. Evans told the court: “He said he met through …
Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle