Woman whose acid attack on exlover left him in such pain he

“He died in dignity and will live on in the hearts of his family and friends. The court process was a difficult and emotional experience.  Berlinah Wallace  After leaving hospital Mr van Dongen was was transferred to a care home in Gloucestershire but when that proved unsuitable he called his father, who arranged for him to be transferred to Maria Hospital in Overpelt, Belgium on November 23 2016. His father said his son had wanted to return to a “normal life” but was told by doctors there that his paralysis could not be cured.”The fact that he couldn’t move his arms was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” he said. “He completed his application for euthanasia. “He said that ‘my life has come to nothing and there is nothing left’. He said, ‘All I have is a different ceiling to look at’.” He died at the Belgian hospital nearly six weeks later.  Cornelius Van Dongen (right) with his son Mark Van Dongen Credit:PA Cornelius Van Dongen (right) with his son Mark Van Dongen Berlinah Wallace was acquitted of murder but found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Bristol Crown CourtCredit:PA A jealous woman whose ex-boyfriend ended his life after she threw acid over him has been cleared of murder as photographs emerged of the scorched bed where he was attacked.Mark van Dongen, 29, was left paralysed apart from his tongue after the attack by Berlinah Wallace. Sixteen months on and still in  “unbearable constant physical and psychological pain”  he asked doctors in a euthanasia clinic to end his life.In a legal first Wallace was charged with murder for the attack, but was cleared by a jury at Bristol Crown Court. She was found guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent.  At the end of the trial photographs were released showing the blackened bed where Mr van Dongen, an engineer, was laying at around 3am when he woke to hear Wallace laugh and say “If I can’t have you, no one else will”, before throwing sulphuric acid over him.His injuries were so bad that the officer leading the inquiry, Det Insp Paul Catton, did not show the members of his investigation team the pictures. Speaking outside the court, Mr van Dongen’s father Cornelius van Dongen paid tribute to his son and “best friend”.”Mark was so brave when confronted with the hellish pain and disabilities inflicted upon him, but eventually it became too much for him to bear,” he said. “I was running in the street in my boxer shorts. They fell apart because the acid had eaten them away,” he said. When asked how he knew the liquid was acid, he told police: “Because it was burning like fire.” Mr van Dongen said he knew Wallace attacked him: “Because she was jealous. Because I left her.”After the attack he was taken to Southmead hospital where Dr Rachel Oaten said he let out a “blood-curdling scream” and said: “Kill me now. If my face is going to be left looking like this I don’t want to live.” “I am very disappointed in the outcome of this trial. There are only losers in this case. I hope that Mark can now rest in peace.”Dutch-born Mr van Dongen had left Wallace, a fashion student, after suffering domestic abuse at her hands and started a new relationship with Violet Farquharson, who then started to receive silent phone calls in the middle of the night. Weeks before the attack he had called the police to complain that she was harassing him and just days after she was contacted by officers she ordered the sulphuric acid used in the attack on Amazon.Because of the extent of his injuries Mr van Dongen was initially only able to communicate by sticking out his tongue when his father pointed at a letter on an alphabet and therefore it took him nearly 10 months to be able to tell police what happened. A video of him speaking from his hospital bed was played to the jury in which he told officers that he had gone to Wallace’s flat on the night of the attack on September 23 2015 because he “felt sorry for her”.  Mr van Dongen Snr said: “Without euthanasia (he) would only have lived another two to three days but in an inhumane way.”Wallace will be sentenced next week.  A body map showing the injuries suffered by Mark van DongenCredit:Nicholas Razzell Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A body map showing the injuries suffered by Mark van Dongen “She woke me up and she said that ‘if I can’t have you, no-one can’,” Mr van Dongen told officers. “She laughed and just threw the acid. It was a square box of acid with about an inch of acid in it.