A girl was sentenced to life in jail within the U.Okay. for attacking her ex-boyfriend with acid, which left him with accidents so extreme that he traveled to Belgium to die by assisted suicide. A choose handed down 48-year-old Berlinah Wallace’s sentence Wednesday within the 2015 assault on Mark van Dongen, British police stated.
Wallace was discovered responsible of throwing a corrosive substance with intent final week, however a jury did not discover her responsible of homicide and manslaughter.
Van Dongen died by assisted suicide in January 2017. He had been hospitalized for greater than a yr, together with 4 months in a coma.
Avon and Somerset Police stated Wallace threw a glass of 98 % proof sulfuric acid at van Dongen in September 2015, saying “If I can not have you ever, nobody else can.”
Van Dongen informed police that Wallace laughed as she threw the acid.
The assault left van Dongen paralyzed from the neck down, blind in a single eye and with partial imaginative and prescient within the different eye. A part of his left leg needed to be amputated after it developed an an infection. Burns lined giant components of his physique.
“‘Dad, I’m uninterested in preventing,” Van Dongen informed his father, in response to a sufferer affect assertion filed with the courtroom. “I’ve suffered a lot ache, I can not take any extra, please let me go.”
The daddy, Kees van Dongen, referred to as Wallace a “hazard to society” and described the impact the assault had on him.
“I really feel like a damaged man,” he stated, “utterly drained, and the previous Kees now not exists.”
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