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Monday, 13 November 2017

Engineer 'murdered by girlfriend's acid attack told another woman he was dating she had hacked his email and he was leaving'

  • Mark van Dongen, 29, told Violet Farquharson Berlinah Wallace was 'controlling'
  • Wallace is accused of throwing sulphuric acid in partner Mr van Dongen's face
  • He was left paralysed from head down and took his own life at euthanasia clinic
  • Wallace, 48, from South Africa, denies murder and throwing a corrosive fluid.
  • Wallace is accused of throwing sulphuric acid in Mr van Dongen's face, leaving him with horrific scarring and paralysed from the neck down.
    Mark van Dongen reported his ex Berlinah Wallace (pictured) to police three weeks before she allegedly threw acid over him in an attack prosecutors say led to his suicide over a year laterMark van Dongen reported his ex Berlinah Wallace to police three weeks before she allegedly threw acid over him in an attack prosecutors say led to his suicide over a year later

    Mark van Dongen (left), 29, told Violet Farquharson that his 'controlling' partner Berlinah Wallace (right), 48, had hacked his emails and that he was moving into a hotel
    He took his own life at a suicide clinic in his native Belgium after suffering 15 months of pain following the alleged attack in Bristol during September 2015.
    The engineer had told his father that he had nothing left to live for and was in near-constant agony. 
    South African-born Wallace denies charges of murder and throwing a corrosive fluid with the intention to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do GBH.
    Prosecutors claim she carried out the attack out of jealousy after Mr van Dongen began seeing, Miss Farquharson.

    He took his own life at a suicide clinic in his native Belgium after suffering 15 months of pain following the alleged attack in Bristol during September 2015.
    The engineer had told his father that he had nothing left to live for and was in near-constant agony. 
    South African-born Wallace denies charges of murder and throwing a corrosive fluid with the intention to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do GBH.
    Prosecutors claim she carried out the attack out of jealousy after Mr van Dongen began seeing, Miss Farquharson.
    Miss Farquharson told Bristol Crown Court today she 'wasn't best pleased' on finding out he was already in a relationship when they met.
    She met Mr van Dongen on a dating website around the end of July 2015 - less than two months before the attack.
    Miss Farquharson said she and Mr van Dongen exchanged messages on the dating site and later swapped numbers and texted each other.
    But during that time he never mentioned his relationship, she told the court.

    Wallace (depicted in a court illustration) is accused of throwing sulphuric acid in Mr van Dongen's face, a charge she denies
    Wallace (depicted in a court illustration) is accused of throwing sulphuric acid in Mr van Dongen's face, a charge she denies
    It was not until the pair met up for coffee in August 2015 that Mr van Dongen came clean about his relationship - and told her Miss Wallace was 'controlling', it was said.
    Giving evidence from behind a curtain Miss Farquharson said: 'I wasn't best pleased to find out he was in a relationship.
    'We had spoken about the importance of integrity as a human being. I made it very clear I wasn't prepared to have a relationship with him if he was still with his girlfriend.'
    But she added: 'He said that he would like to have some hobbies, but that she was very controlling over him.
    'He mentioned some work colleagues, but none that he would see outside of work.'
    Mr van Dongen pleaded with his police to stop his girlfriend harassing him before the 'attack'Mr van Dongen pleaded with his police to stop his girlfriend harassing him before the 'attack'

    Mr van Dongen told love interest Miss Farquharson that Wallace had hacked his email
    She said at their first face-to-face meeting for coffee the pair seemed to have a few things in common and he suggested going to the cinema later in the week.
    But in text messages exchanged between the pair later that week, Mr van Dongen appeared to change his mind after having an argument with the defendant.
    On August 15 he had texted Miss Farquharson saying Wallace had moved out of their shared home to stay in a hotel, and that he had a week to find a new flat.
    But the following day he said that Wallace has returned home and they had 'talked all night' - and he seemed to call things off with Miss Farquharson.
    He wrote: 'Hi Vi, I'm really sorry. I think you're an amazing person, you've really opened my eyes.
    South African-born Wallace denies charges of murder and throwing a corrosive fluid with the intention to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do GBH

    South African-born Wallace denies charges of murder and throwing a corrosive fluid with the intention to burn, maim, disfigure, disable or do GBH
    'She came back last night and we talked all night. I'm not a person who cheats or has affairs. I'm really sorry for dragging you into my problems. You don't deserve that.'
    He added that Miss Farquharson would always have 'a special place in my heart'.
    But later that same day, he texted her again saying he 'couldn't stop thinking about her' - and admitting that he was HIV positive.
    He wrote: 'I didn't know how to tell you, so I took the easy way out. I'm too weak and afraid to be alone.'
    Four days later, on August 20, he warned her that Wallace had hacked his email, and not to send anything to that email anymore.
    He wrote: 'She hacked my email last night. Please don't send anything to that email anymore. Going to stay in a hotel from now on.'
    Mark was attacked weeks later on September 3, 2015.

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