Acid attack: Mark van Dongen's ex-partner cleared of murder

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van Dongen family

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Mark van Dongen and Berlinah Wallace met five years before the attack

A woman has been cleared of murdering her former partner in an acid attack which led him to end his life.

Berlinah Wallace, 48, hurled the corrosive fluid at Dutch engineer Mark van Dongen in Bristol in 2015.

Fifteen months later he ended his life by euthanasia in a Belgian hospital. He was paralysed from the neck down and had lost a leg, ear and eye.

At Bristol Crown Court, Wallace was found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent.

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Avon and Somerset Police

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Berlinah Wallace was originally from South Africa

The fashion student, originally from South Africa, had also been charged with murder.

During the three-week trial she told the jury Mr van Dongen had put the acid in a glass for her to drink.

The pair had met five years before on a dating website for people with HIV, as both had the condition.

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