Berlinah Wallace who poured acid on sleeping ex-boyfriend leading him to end his own life CLEARED of murder

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A WOMAN who threw acid over her sleeping ex – which led him to end his own life – has been cleared of murder.

Berlinah Wallace, 49, tipped sulphuric acid over Mark Van Dongen, 29, after the couple split up and he started seeing someone else.

 Berlinah Wallace was cleared of murder today in a landmark trial© Julia Quenzler Berlinah Wallace was cleared of murder today in a landmark trial

She was charged with murder after Mark died by euthanasia, choosing to end his life in a clinic in Belgium due to the extent of his injuries, 15 months after the attack.

But today a jury cleared her of murder in the landmark trial.

Dutch-born Mark was left paralysed and only able to move his tongue, had to have his left leg amputated, and suffered 25 per cent burns.

He lost his left eye and most of the sight in his right eye.

 Mark van Dongen chose to take his life in Belgium after allegedly being doused in sulphuric acid by his girlfriendSWNS:South West News Service Mark van Dongen chose to take his life in Belgium after allegedly being doused in sulphuric acid by his girlfriend  Berlinah Wallace had googled acid attack stories, the court heard Berlinah Wallace had googled acid attack stories, the court heard

Mark died on January 3, 2017 after the application was approved by three consultants who decided he met the criteria of "unbearable physical and psychological suffering''.

The couple had been together for five years but split up the month before the attack and although Mark was still supporting Wallace financially, he began seeing another woman.

In the hours before they had attempted to rekindle their romance, but at 3am on September 23 2015, Wallace poured the acid over him as he lay in bed, shouting: "If I can't have you, no-one else will."

The fashion student claimed she had bought the acid to deal with a bad smell coming from drains in the flat in Westbury Park, Bristol.

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