Jealous boyfriend who doused a teenage lady in a beer bottle stuffed with petrol leaving her with horrific burns to half her physique and too afraid to place gasoline in her automotive might stroll free from jail in simply six months
A person who splashed gasoline on a lady earlier than flicking a lighter that set her on fireplace has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail.
Brae Taylor Lewis’ ‘horrendous and disgraceful’ actions left the lady with burns so unhealthy she spent days in an induced coma and almost a month in hospital after the assault in May 2016.
The 22-year-old man pleaded responsible to 1 depend of malicious act with intent within the Brisbane District Court.
Brae Taylor Lewis was sentenced to 11 years in jail in 2018 after he was convicted of maiming his then-girlfriend by setting her on fireplace on May 27, 2016
His girlfriend suffered deep dermal burns to 21 per cent of her physique and has everlasting scars throughout her arms, chest, stomach, again and thighs following the assault
The court docket heard gasoline splashed on the lady when Lewis threw a beer bottle containing the flammable liquid at her.
‘She put her fingers up in entrance of herself and as that occurred the defendant prolonged his left hand and flicked the lighter that he held in his left hand,’ crown prosecutor Elizabeth Kelso earlier informed the court docket.
‘The fumes instantly in entrance of the complainant ignited and successfully the entrance of her physique grew to become concerned in flames.’
The lady was left with everlasting scarring to her arms, chest, stomach, again and thighs.
His offending was ‘horrendous and disgraceful’, however a sentence wanted to have in mind his youthfulness, regret and rehabilitation efforts whereas in custody, Brisbane District Court Judge Michael Burnett mentioned on Thursday.
Lewis must serve not less than half his nine-and-a-half years’ jail time period earlier than being eligible for parole.
With time already spent in custody since May 2016, he can be eligible for parole in six months.
The lady informed the court docket her sleep is disturbed by recurring nightmares, she is ‘petrified’ of placing gasoline in her automotive and the injury to her pores and skin makes her delicate to merchandise like soaps, sanitisers and the solar.
She can be self-conscious of her scars and look.
‘I discovered myself crying on a regular basis … and there have been occasions I considered giving up,’ she mentioned.
‘I’ve been compelled to discover ways to deal with the everlasting accidents and scarring that this brutal assault has left me with.
‘This is a life sentencing for me that I need to endure and deal with day-after-day.
‘No matter how a lot time passes it will at all times stick with me.’
Defence barrister Andrew Hoare mentioned Lewis was uncovered to violence and trauma in his childhood, and developed a drug behavior from the age of 15.