Acid attack: Mark van Dongen's ex-partner cleared of murder
May 17, 2018 4:03 pm
A woman has been cleared of murdering her former partner in an acid attack which led him to end his life.
Berlinah Wallace, 48, hurled the corrosive fluid at Dutch engineer Mark van Dongen in Bristol in 2015.
Fifteen months later he ended his life by euthanasia in a Belgian hospital. He was paralysed from the neck down and had lost a leg, ear and eye.
At Bristol Crown Court, Wallace was found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent.
‘I realised his skin was melting’
The fashion student, originally from South Africa, was cleared by the jury of both murder and manslaughter.
During the three-week trial Wallace told the jury Mr van Dongen, 29, had put the acid in a glass for her to drink.
The pair had met five years earlier on a dating website for people with HIV, as both had the condition.