Attempted murder of wife lands man in jail for 16 years

A woman who was covered in fuel and set on fire by her husband watched on in court as her former love was sentenced to 16 years in jail for the brutal 2011 attack.
A woman who was covered in fuel and set on fire by her husband watched on in court as her former love was sentenced to 16 years in jail for the brutal 2011 attack. Mike Knott

A WOMAN who was covered in fuel and set on fire by her husband watched on in court as her former love was sentenced to 16 years in jail for the brutal 2011 attack.

The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she felt relieved that the chapter of her life involving Jason Christopher John had ended with his sentence in Bundaberg Supreme Court today.

"I'm feeling good that it's finally over," she said.

"I would have liked for him to get the (maximum sentence) because he's just hurt too many people - way too many."

Earlier this year, the brave woman sat through days of John's trial in Bundaberg Supreme Court and gave evidence about the night that landed her in hospital for three months with burns to more than 10% of her body.

Her face and hands are still scarred from the attack, a daily reminder of what was done to her.

"I'm going to try and start a new life," she said.

"I've already left Bundy."

John, 44, was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury in May this year but his sentence was adjourned to today while a report on his mental health at the time of the crime was prepared.

"I think any right thinking member of the community would think it's appalling," Justice Duncan McMeekin said of John's crime.

Crown Prosecutor Greg Cummings yesterday revealed John's shocking history which included entries for arson, attempted arson, violence and many entries of violence against his partners.

"There is no doubt at all that the prisoner is a danger to anyone who forms a relationship with him," Justice McMeekin said.

Barrister Carl Heaton QC represented John who he said was "clearly labouring under a distorted mind" at the time of the attack according to a psychologist.

"Clearly on this night depression was something that impacted on his ability to make rational judgements," Mr Heaton said.

John, who has already served 725 days in jail, was sentenced to 16 years' jail and declared a serious violent offender.

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