Ex-wife of man who allegedly set her on fire tells of terror

A WOMAN who was allegedly doused in liquid petroleum and set alight by her husband in an apparent murder attempt has told how the man would "snap" and become a different person.

Jason Christopher John, 45, is facing trial for alternative charges of attempted murder and intent to cause grievous bodily harm, both of which he has pleaded not guilty to.

The jury, made up of 10 women and two men, will be required to decide firstly if John is guilty of the attempted murder charge and if he is not, they will then need to deliberate on the grievous bodily harm charge.

His ex-wife was the first to take the stand on day two of the trial yesterday.

You put me back in jail you are f****** history.


The woman, whose face and hands are heavily scarred, was visibly shaking in the stand as she recollected the few memories she had of the night of June 11, 2011, when the alleged incident took place.

Prosecutors allege John brought a 45kg gas bottle into the pair's Pine Creek home, doused the woman in liquid petroleum and set her alight but the defence have argued the woman herself was the one to start the flame which caused serious burns to herself and destroyed the home.

"He'd just snap and go from one person to a totally different person," the woman said of John's temper.

The woman was in hospital for three months following the incident and only recalls snippets of the evening.

"(I remember the neighbour) taking my rings off and putting wet towels on my hands," she said.

The woman said she also remembered John bringing the gas bottle inside but could not remember who lit the cigarette which started the intense blaze.

During cross-examination the woman said John visited her in hospital where he told her she had been the one to light the fire and that she should say that on her Facebook page to get the police "off his back" which she agreed to.

"That's what I believed," she said.

"I wanted to believe."

On day one of the trial a chilling 000 phone call was played from the night of the alleged attack.

"I'm dead he just told me I'm dead," the woman tells the operator.

"You put me back in jail you are f****** history," John is heard saying.

"I never want to be hurt, he hurt me before," the woman tells the operator seconds before a sound consistent with a lighter flint operating can be heard.

The call ends with the sound of loud screaming from the woman.

The trial continues before Justice Duncan McMeekin.

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