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A woman goes on trial in Bristol
accused of murdering her
ex-boyfriend in an acid attack.
New technology gives a voice
to motor nueron disease
patients in Wiltshire.
And the war veteran poppy seller
from Taunton who says,
"I'll still be doing this
when I'm 100!"
A court has heard how a man
was left grotesquely scarred
after his ex-girlfriend threw acid
over him as he slept.
Mark van Dongen ended his life
in a euthanasia clinic in Belgium
at the beginning of this year,
15 months after the alleged attack
took place in Bristol.
Berlinah Wallace, who is 48
years old, is charged
with murder and throwing
a corrosive substance with intent
to harm, both of which she denies.
Our home affairs correspondent
Charlotte Callen has been in court.
For the first time today, we heard
more details in this case. We heard
how Mark van Dongen had moved to
Bristol some five years before the
attack and moved in with his then
girlfriend, Berlinah Wallace, who
were some 18 years older than him
and from South Africa. We have the
relationship was described as
turbulence at times. Just a few
weeks before the attack, they had
separated and Mark had started
dating a new girlfriend. He claims
that she was jealous. Boro showed a
video of Mark van Dongen, recorded
in his hospital bed after the
attack. In it's coming he outlines
what he says happened on the night
of the 22nd of September 2015. He
says Berlinah Wallace says she was
going off to a hotel, but had waited
any part around the corner. Then
came back in what he described as
day close, and stood at the end of
his bed and shouted at ten, if I
can't have you, then no one will.
She then threw a glass of acid over
him. We then saw what was described
as an unusual move from her defence
team, they claimed it was in fact
Mark van Dongen Crewe acid in the
glass by the bed, and he was going
to use that to poison Berlinah
Wallace. So she picked up the glass
in a fit of rage, thinking it
contains water, and threw it over
Hema. We as I had today how Mark's
injuries were described as
catastrophic. Everyone in court was
moved today to hear how the last one
eye and Lee site in the other. He
was paralysed and had the bottom of
his left leg amputated. His injuries
were described as catastrophic and
he decided he wanted to return to
Belgium to have assisted suicide.
Berlinah Wallace denies all the
charges against her in the court
A Wiltshire man who's
losing his voice due
to motor neuron disease says
new technology is helping him
preserve his own voice.
Jon Stephens has recorded hundreds
of words and phrases which he can
then turn into messages to play
to people via a tablet.
He's the first patient
at Swindon's Great Western Hospital
to use the software.
Here's Laura Jones.
Back at hospital, a chance
for Jon to catch up
with speech therapist Lucie.
Good to see you again.
The pair have been working closely
together for more than a year,
since Jon received his devastating
diagnosis of motor neuron disease.
My speech had become a little
slurred, so I went to the doctors,
who then referred me
to the hospital, where I was told
I had motor neuron disease disease.
That must've been a huge shock?
Yeah, it was.
Motor neuron disease effects
the nerves in the brain and spinal
cord that tell your muscles
what to do.
It can affect the way you walk,
talk, eat, drink and breathe.
In Jon's case at the moment,
it's affecting his speech.
But thanks to some clever
new software and a lot of hard work
here at the Great Western Hospital
in Swindon, he's not
losing his voice just yet.
This piece of software
is called ModelTalker,
and Jon spent more than 14 hours
over two months recording more
than 1600 phrases onto it
so he could continue to communicate
with people, even if his speech
Our voice is our being, isn't it?
It's our identity.
So to be able to give Jon
a replacement, albeit not
exactly like his own voice,
but quite a close approximation
to how he sounded,
I think it's fantastic.
And I'm so thrilled we're
able to do this here
in Swindon for people, yes.
Out of the hundreds of phrases Jon
has recorded so far, he reckons this
will be his most used.
A cup of tea, please.
And off they go, get your tea!
At the moment, Jon is doing well.
And whilst there are no clues
as to how his disease will develop,
at least he'll be able
to have a say about his future
using his own voice.
Vasectomies and female sterilisation
will no longer be funded by the
NHS in Bath and North East Somerset.
That's if new cost cutting
proposals go ahead.
The clinical commissioning group
also wants to bring down the age
at which women can receive fertility
treatment from 40 to 35.
There would also be an upper age
limit of 55 for men.
Similar measures were proposed
by CCGs in Bristol,
and North Somerset,
but were scrapped due
to possible legal action.
A Somerset veteran of World War II
is doing what he can to make sure
the sacrifices of his generation
are never forgotten.
94-year-old Stan Tooze is out
in Taunton selling poppies.
Our Somerset correspondent
Clinton Rogers has been to meet him.
According to Stan,
a hat's all you need,
even if it did drop below
freezing last night.
Nothing deters this 94-year-old war
veteran from his outdoor dayshift.
And so, on duty as he is most days,
in a Taunton supermarket.
No, I don't feel the cold.
Too young for that.
Yeah, I'd like to know
what your medals are?
Just the Second World War.
Modest as well, but always
the main attraction here.
Sombody asked for his
autograph the other day.
He gives 100% support,
he's there for everything.
Rain, sun, he's always there.
Stan Tooze was part
of the sixth Airborne Division
of the Parachute Regiment.
He saw active service
in Belgium towards the end
of the Second World War.
We went out to the Ardennes
on Christmas Eve.
Inevitably, the memories
are still vivid.
My mate was there one second,
the next thing he was knocked
down, dead by airburst.
And I was still left.
It is why he feels a duty
to help raise money
for the Royal British Legion,
to honour the memory
of his fallen comrades.
How long do you think you will carry
on selling the poppies?
94, give it another six years.
At the very least, I'd say!
A blue plaque has been unveiled
in Bristol at the home of a soldier,
awarded the Victoria Cross
for gallantry during World War I.
Hardy Falconer Parsons was a medical
student at Bristol University
when he volunteered to fight
and was enlisted in
the Gloucestershire regiment.
In France, he held off a German
armed only with hand grenades.
Lets get a look at
the weather with Alex.
Thank you, hello, good afternoon.
What a difference a day makes.
After a chilly start
to the day, most of us seeing
plenty of bright weather.
And that's thanks in this area
of high pressure building in today,
keeping things dry and settled.
That's the way it continues
for the rest of the day too.
Plenty autumnal sunshine to enjoy,
the light winds feeling pleasant.
today, 10 Celsius.
Through this evening and overnight,
dry for a time, but we'll see
cloud coming in from the northwest.
That brings outbreaks of light rain.
Temperatures around three Celsius,
so the possibility of some frost
in rural areas overnight.
A cloudy, grey start to Thursday.
Patchy rain heading southwards
through the morning.
Improving into the afternoon,
light winds and feeling milder
tomorrow, highs around 13.
For Friday, starting
cloudy then brightening,
but a noticeably cooler feel
into the weekend.
Have a good afternoon.
That's all for now, we hope you can
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Have a very good afternoon.