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47-year-old woman uses acid to kill 29-year-old boyfriend because he wanted to break up with her

By Mason White 1:20 PM February 24, 2017
Mark van Dongen
By: Tanya Clark

A woman is facing up to life in prison after being accused of using acid to kill her much younger boyfriend because he wanted to end the relationship, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Westbury Park police said that they have arrested 47-year-old Berlinah Wallace, after being accused of killing 29-year-old Mark van Dongen.

Wallace was initially charged with causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), but after Dongen died, she was charged with one count of murder.

According to the police investigation, Dongen moved from Belgium to the United Kingdom, to attend the Bristol University.

At some point, he met the much older woman, and he began a relationship with Wallace. When Dongen decided to end the relationship, Wallace became angry.

One day, Wallace poured acid over the body of her boyfriend, causing him to suffer burns on 80% of his body. Dongen was rushed to the hospital, where he stayed for 15 months.

Last month, Dongen died of his injuries.