Agony of man, 29, who ended his life af­ter ex poured acid on him she is now cleared of mur­der

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Mark said Wal­lace told him: “If I can’t have you, no one can.”

Mo­ments af­ter he was doused in acid at her flat, he ran out into the street in just his boxer shorts and screamed for help.

A neigh­bour went to his aid and rang 999. Para­medic Dean Carter has told how af­ter he arrived at the scene Mark kept say­ing “I can’t see” and “asked me if he still had eye­lids”.

Mr Carter added the vic­tim was froth­ing at the mouth.

The para­medic said that in the am­bu­lance Mark pointed at a tat­too on his stom­ach that said “Ber­li­nah”. He added that Mark said: “She needs to go to prison for this.”

Dr Rachel Oaten, who works at South­mead Hos­pi­tal told the trial how the vic­tim 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.”

The in­juries were so hor­rific that the of­fi­cer lead­ing the in­quiry did not show pho­tos of them to his team. Mark, who was Dutch, was treated in hos­pi­tal for 14 months – four of them in a coma.

He was dis­charged into a res­i­den­tial care home and was later taken to Bel­gium to end his life in 2017, 16 months af­ter the at­tack in the West­bury Park area of Bris­tol.

The city’s crown court heard that his ap­pli­ca­tion for as­sisted sui­cide was au­tho­rised by the courts in Bel­gium which recog­nised his “un­bear­able phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal suf­fer­ing”.

The jury was told Mark had pre­vi­ously con­fided in friends about abuse he en­dured from Wal­lace.

The pair, both HIV pos­i­tive, had been in a five-year re­la­tion­ship.

They split a few weeks be­fore the at­tack.

At around this time Mark re­ported Wal­lace to po­lice af­ter she made re­peated phone calls to him and his new part­ner.

Wal­lace re­ceived a for­mal ha­rass­ment warn­ing. The court heard that on the night of the at­tack Mark had arrived at her home to con­firm their re­la­tion­ship was over and that he was mov­ing in with his new girl­friend.

Mark ended up stay­ing at the flat. Wal­lace then waited for her mo­ment to throw a glass of sul­phuric acid over him.

In court, she said she thought the glass con­tained wa­ter. The part time fash­ion stu­dent, orig­i­nally from South Africa, also claimed the acid, which she bought on­line, was to clean her drains. Com­puter records show she had searched on­line for news sto­ries on acid at­tack vic­tims and whether some­one could die from drinkin g sul­phuric acid.

The judge has ad­journed sen­tenc­ing until next week. HAZ­ARDOUS Sul­phuric acid

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