A South African fashion student has been sentenced to life in prison after throwing acid over her boyfriend – leaving him with such horrific injuries he later chose to end his life.
Berlinah Wallace, 48, will serve a minimum of 12 years after being found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent by a UK court.
The judge described her attack on Dutch engineer Mark van Dongen in Bristol city in south-west England in 2015 as “an act of pure evil”.
Fifteen months after the attack, Mr van Dongen, 29, ended his life by euthanasia in a Belgian hospital. He was paralysed from the neck down and had lost a leg, ear and eye.
Wallace was cleared of murder and manslaughter.