Man guilty of setting fire to wife

A WOMAN who was doused in petrol and set alight by her ex-husband has spoken of her relief after the man was found guilty of attempted murder.

It took a 10-woman, two-man jury two full days of deliberation to reach the guilty verdict in the case of 45-year-old Jason Christopher John whose trial. began in Bundaberg Supreme Court on Monday.

Evidence was given that John dragged a gas bottle inside the pair's Pine Creek home, doused the woman in LPG and set fire to her as she spoke to a 000 operator in June 2011.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, said she was relieved by the verdict.

"I'm feeling very happy with the result," the woman said.

"It's been a tough couple of years. It's been very hard."

The woman's body still shows signs of the violent attack with heavy scarring to her hands, neck and face.

She said the lengthy deliberation was a nerve-wracking wait and that her very few memories about the events of the night made it all the more difficult.

As the jury delivered their verdict at 4pm on Friday afternoon, the woman began to weep silently as her attacker sat nearby in the docks making slight nods of his head as he came to grips with the jury's decision.

During the trial the jury was played a harrowing 000 call in which the woman tells the operator "...I'm dead he just told me I'm dead."

"You're ***ing gone, you are history, you are ***ing history, you put me back in jail again, you are ***ing history," John is heard to say after the woman tells the operator his name.

"I never want to be hurt - he hurt me before," she tells the operator just seconds before a lighter flint is heard and loud screaming begins bringing the call to an end.

Defence Barrister Carl Heaton SC asked that John's sentence be delayed so a professional report could be prepared discussing his mental state at the time of the attack.

Mr Heaton said John was on anti-depressants at the time of the attack and that the report may shed some light on his culpability.

Crown prosecutor Greg Cummings said he was happy to wait for the report and that he would be submitting John be sentenced to 20 years in jail for his crime.

The sentence is expected to happen in August at the next sittings of the Supreme Court in Bundaberg.



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