A jilted woman’s decision to destroy her ex-boyfriend by pouring acid over him – leaving him in such pain and disfigurement that he chose to die through euthanasia — has been handed a life sentence in jail.
A judge in England sentenced Berlinah Wallace to life in prison with eligibility for parole after a minimum of 12 years, according to published reports.
She was found guilty by a Bristol court of throwing a corrosive substance with intent to harm her ex-boyfriend, Mark van Dongen, in 2015. She was cleared of murder charges.
Van Dongen had gone to Wallace’s apartment, at her insistence, to put an end to their on-again-off-again relationship of five years, and to tell her that he was moving in with a new girlfriend.
But Wallace was bent on revenge, deciding that if she couldn’t be with him, no one would, according to Sky News.
She threw 98 percent sulfuric acid on van Dongen, laughing as she did it, reports say. Prior to the attack, police said, Wallace had conducted a Google search on acid attacks.
He looked like he was covered in a clay sort of mud, which I later realized was his skin melting.
Neighbors of Wallace said that van Dongen ran out of the apartment screaming for help.
“I looked out of the window and there was a guy standing there in his boxer shorts and he looked a really odd color from his head down to his shoulders,” Nic White testified, according to Sky News. “He looked like he was covered in a clay sort of mud, which I later realized was his skin melting.”
Judge Nicola Davies called the attack “an act of pure evil” and described Wallace as a danger to others.
“You intention was to burn, disfigure and disable Mark van Dongen so that he would not be attractive to any other woman,” the judge said.