He chose euthanasia after acid was poured on his face. Now his ex faces a murder charge

“If I can’t have you, nobody else can.”

Those are the words prosecutors say 48-year-old Berlinah Wallace shouted before allegedly pouring corrosive sulfuric acid all over 29-year-old Mark van Dongen’s head and face in Bristol, England, reported the BBC. Now, nearly a year after the attack led to van Dongen to choose to be medically euthanized, Wallace is facing murder charges in the case. She denies intentionally splashing the man with acid, the Bristol Post reported.

The acid melted the man’s flesh, disintegrated his clothing and left him virtually blind. He became paralyzed from the neck down, reported the Guardian.

After the attack, van Dongen ran out into the street screaming for help, and when a neighbor heard the shouts and came out to help, van Dongen pointed to the open door of his apartment and said “She did it to me in there,” reported the BBC. When the neighbor walked past the door, she told the court she saw a lady talking on the phone looking “sullen and serious.”

  • FivePointSpurgeonist

    Burn the coal…

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      This toll is now paid. in full!

      “Burn the coal, Pay The Toll” would make a good Dr. Seuss book title.

      Did you burn the coal, now you shall pay the toll!
      I did burn the coal, but I do not want to pay the toll, Sam I am!
      How much is the toll? Everything you have!

  • UCSPanther

    Dunk her in a vat of concentrated Sodium Hydroxide…

  • canminuteman

    The “ex” even looks crazy!

  • Hard Little Machine

    Tricky legal construct.

  • Tom Forsythe

    The doctor is the murderer.

  • Sharkibark

    Although the woman should be punished to the fullest extent of the law, (and the law should probably be harsher for this sort of crime than it is) I think this is one of those slippery slope precedents. Let’s say I get into an accident, it was totally my fault, I was texting at the time. (No I don’t do that so wouldn’t happen but let’s be hypothetical, shall we?) The crash victim was paralyzed, and facially scarred. If they choose to commit suicide should my charges be upgraded to involuntary manslaughter? No – they shouldn’t. If I break up with someone, and they commit suicide – did I kill them? No I did not, though by this logic since my actions caused their depression, it could be that I did. Because our culture is now more about feelings than logic – the law, the great equalizer (supposedly…) should be held to the strictest standards.

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    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      I don’t know, this guy was paralyzed from the neck down, so slap her with murder, besides, since this is Europe, a murder enhancement likely only means an extra six months.

  • simus1

    Insanity plea looks doable.
    Old story.
    Don’t tell your crazy significant other or muslim family it’s over and then hang around to provide an explanation.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Death penalty is to barbaric, a waste of human life, they should
    take all her useful organs and safe with them as many people possible!
    Don’t ask me how she will live without organs, I don’t care.
    Sometimes post natal abortion is good,
    take her organs, you can save
    up to 10 people.

  • tom_billesley

    “She wouldn’t hurt a bird”. Her brother in Gauteng, South Africa.