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Woman sentenced to life in jail after throwing acid over former partner

Berlinah Wallace was convicted of throwing acid over her former partner. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police/PA

A fashion student who poured sulphuric acid over her former partner's face at a house in Bristol has been jailed for life.

Berlinah Wallace will serve a minimum of 12 years behind bars after she was found guilty of throwing acid over her ex-boyfriend Mark van Dongen.

The judge told her “it was an act of pure evil.”

Mr van Dongen suffered catastrophic injuries and travelled to Belgium in January 2017 to end his life at at euthanasia clinic.

Mark van Dongen and Berlinah Wallace in happier times. Credit: Family handout

The judge said Berlinah Wallace threw a glass of 98% proof sulphuric acid over Mark van Dongen saying “if I can’t have you, no one else can”.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court acquitted Wallace of murder or manslaughter but found her guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent.

At the sentencing, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies told Wallace "Your intention was to burn, disfigure and disable Mark van Dongen so that he would not be attractive to any other woman."

The judge paid tribute to the dignity of Mark van Dongen's father throughout the court case. Cornelius van Dongen has been in court every day and told ITV News the trial has left him emotionally and financially broken.

During Mark's time in hospital his father slept in a van in the car park. Mark van Dongen's brother Bart set up a fundraising page to help his father.