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