Woman sentenced to 12 years for pouring sulfuric acid on ex

An irate ex-girlfriend who sabotaged her ex—pouring sulfuric acid all over his body when he told her he was seeing someone else — was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday.

Mark van Dongen and Berlinah Wallace had met through a dating service for HIV positive people and dated on-and-off for five years before he left her, the BBC reported.

That’s when a fuming Wallace began plotting her revenge.

She began researching sulfuric acid online, visiting 82 websites about the substance, prosecutors said, according to media reports.

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Berlinah Wallace

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Mark van Dongen

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The acid burnt the white bed sheets black

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Glass from which the acid was thrown

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File court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook dated 02/05/18 of Berlinah Wallace, in the dock at Bristol Crown Court. The 48-year-old, has been acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Bristol Crown Court, after injuring her former partner Mark van Dongen in an acid attack.
Detective Inspector Paul Catton of Avon and Somerset Police speaks to the media outside Bristol Crown Court with Cornelius van Dongen , the father of Mark van Dongen, speaks outside Bristol Crown Court with his translator where Berlinah Wallace was acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent fter injuring her former partner Mark van Dongen in an acid attack.
Ladysmith road, Bristol, the scene where Berlinah Wallace, 48, threw acid at Mark van Dongen. Wallace has been acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Bristol Crown Court, after injuring her former partner in the attack.
Number 1a Ladysmith road, Bristol, the property where Berlinah Wallace, 48, threw acid at Mark van Dongen. Wallace has been acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Bristol Crown Court, after injuring her former partner in the attack.
Cornelius van Dongen, father of Mark van Dongen, outside Bristol Crown Court. Berlinah Wallace, 48, has been acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Bristol Crown Court, after injuring her former partner Mark in the attack.
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About a month after van Dongen told Wallace he had moved on, she lured him to her home—under the guise of starting their relationship anew.

Van Dongen insisted he wasn’t interested, but spent the night with Wallace anyway, according to reports.

Wallace attacked her unsuspecting ex in the middle of the night.

“If I can’t have you, no one can,” she said, before pouring a mug full of acid on his exposed face and body, the BBC reported.

Van Dongen was so badly burned that he later ended his life.

A British judge on Wednesday sentenced Wallace, 49, to a minimum of 12 years ins prison, calling the attack “an act of pure evil.”

“Your intention was to burn, disfigure and disable Mark van Dongen so that he would not be attractive to any other woman,” the judge said, according to the BBC.

The 29-year-old victim’s father, Kees van Dongen, said the sentence was too light.

“I’m very pleased she’ll be locked up for a minimum of 12 years, but really it’s too little, because we as a family have been sentenced to life,” he told reporters.

The corrosive substance burned twenty-five percent of van Dongen’s body, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. The attack also caused him to lose an ear, an eye and a leg.

He was horrified when he first saw his reflection.

“Kill me now,” he said, according to Rachel Oaten, who decontaminated him at the hospital, the Sun reported. “If my face is going to be left looking like this I don’t want to live,” he reportedly said.

He spent four months in a coma with only the ability to move his tongue.

His condition continued to deteriorate and he was transferred to a hospital in Belgium, where doctors recommended a procedure that would take away his voice.

Van Dongen decided he no longer wanted to live, and a panel of three doctors ruled him eligible for euthanasia, citing his “unbearable physical and psychological suffering.”

He ended his life 15 months after the attack, on Jan. 2, 2017.

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