A woman in Bristol, England is accused of killing her ex-boyfriend after pouring sulphuric acid over him. As BBC reports, in a video testimony given before his death, 29-year-old Mark van Dongen told jurors that 48-year-old Berlinah Wallace allegedly attacked him because he was seeing another woman. She reportedly said, “If I can't have you, no one can."
According to the New York Post, van Dongen suffered burns on 25 percent of his body, and his serious injuries left him paralyzed from the waist down. He lost a leg, the sight in his left eye and most of the sight in his right eye after the acid attack. The victim ultimately wanted to end his life and applied for euthanasia. He died a little more than a year after the attack.
In court, Wallace denied the murder. She did, however, admit to throwing a substance over van Dongen, but denied she intended cause him harm, according to BBC.
During the trial, the couple's tumultuous relationship was also brought to light. They engaged in a five-year relationship and lived together, but the victim apparently began seeing another woman in August 2015. The couple, however, reportedly reconciled the day before the attack.
“I love you, I always have. I'm truly sorry for what I've done, we need to work on our relationship. You and me are meant to be. I've always known that. I will treat you as you deserve to be treated. You are my princess," van Dongen said in messages.
She responded, “It means a lot hearing these words. You are the love of my life. God does not make a mistake in this. I love you with all my heart.”
The night of the attack, the couple reportedly planned to be together, but the victim went out to see his other woman. They argued when he returned, and the incident followed later that night.
The prosecutor alleged, "The defendant had bought a bottle of sulphuric acid, which she bought online from Amazon."
The prosecutor continued, saying that on September 23, 2015, “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."
According to BBC, the defense said Wallace believed she was only throwing a glass of water on him. The defense alleged that because Wallace was going to supposedly blackmail van Dongen with personal information, it was van Dongen who had actually put the acid in the glass without Wallace's knowledge, reportedly encouraging her to drink it earlier that evening.
Following van Dongen's recovery, which was described as “unbearable physical and psychological suffering," the victim wanted his life to be taken on January 2, 2017.
Wallace faces charges of murder and of applying a corrosive fluid, and she has denied both.
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