Woman is allegedly brutally bashed and then BURNT ALIVE by her younger brother – as sibling is charged with murder and cop suffers serious burns trying to extinguish the flames
- Woman, 42, died after she was allegedly set on fire at a home in Deniliquin, NSW
- Police allege man responsible is her brother and has been charged with murder
- A police officer suffered burns to his hand as he tried to extinguish the blaze
A woman has died after she was allegedly set on fire by her brother in a rural NSW town as he is charged with murder.
The 42-year-old woman sustained significant head injuries before she was allegedly set alight in the front yard of a home on Dick Street, Deniliquin, near the NSW/Victoria border.
Emergency services were called to the property just before 2pm on Wednesday and a policeman suffered burns to his hand as he desperately tried to help the woman and extinguish the blaze.
Despite the efforts of emergency workers, the woman was unable to be saved.
Jason Patterson, 31, who police allege is related to the woman has been arrested and charged with murder.
The 42-year-old woman sustained significant head injuries before she was allegedly set alight in the front yard of a home on Dick Street, Deniliquin, near the NSW/Victoria border (pictured is Dick Street)
He appeared in court on Thursday via video link and has been refused bail to appear again on February 8.
Superintendent Paul Smith, the commander at the Murray River Police District, said they received multiple triple zero calls from shocked witnesses.
‘Obviously a number of local people are awfully distressed in witnessing this incident,’ he told reporters on Thursday.
Superintendent Smith confirmed police were not looking at anyone else as part of the investigation.
Deniliquin has just over 7,000 residents and is around 700km south-west of Sydney.
The Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan said the woman’s death had left the small community reeling.
‘A lot of people are shocked at what happened. Deniliquin itself has about 7,500 people and it’s a very close-knit tight community,’ he told the ABC.
‘For an event like what happened, a lot of people were extremely surprised.’