Man who was allegedly set on fire by his partner at Hamilton South last year has since died

Newcastle courthouse.
Newcastle courthouse.

A MAN who was allegedly set on fire by his partner at Hamilton South last year has since died, Newcastle District Court has heard.

Paul Michael Green, 30, known as “Ducky”, died on July 30 this year. 

His then-partner, 30-year-old Bianca Louise French, is accused of pouring petrol on Mr Green and then setting him alight during a dispute at a unit in Triumph Way on May 11, 2017.

Ms French has pleaded not guilty to a charge of burn or maim person by intentional explosion and is due to face a trial in November.

She appeared in Newcastle District Court on Thursday where the DPP said they had received a death certificate for Mr Green on Wednesday. 

The matter was adjourned until September 27 for the prosecution to determine how they were going to proceed. Mr Green was in a coma for four days after he suffered “serious and life-threatening injuries” and burns to more than 20 per cent of his body when he was set on fire on May 11 last year, according to court documents.  

The pair had been arguing after Ms French had accused Mr Green of cheating on her.

During the argument, she allegedly grabbed a jerry can full of petrol and swung it at him about 8am.

The fuel splashed onto the right side of his face and upper body before the petrol, and Mr Green, caught fire.

Mr Green ran outside and removed his clothes before a neighbour put him in a cold shower until ambulance paramedics arrived. 

He was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he went into a coma for four days. 

Mr Green was then transferred for further treatment at the Burns Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital.

He was assessed as having burns to his face, neck, ear, hands, chest and stomach which required skin grafts.