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Man burns 50% of his fiancee’s body during argument

By Mason White 3:03 PM April 30, 2017
Nicole Evans
Nicole Evans
By: Emily Lewis

A young woman is fighting for her life after suffering burns to half of her body during an argument with her fiance, according to police in Australia.

Hobart police said that they have arrested 34-year-old Matthew John Davey, after being accused of pouring gasoline on 20-year-old Nicole Evans, and setting her on fire.

Davey has been charged with one count of causing grievous bodily harm and three counts of assault. He was booked into jail, pending a bail hearing.

According to the police investigation, earlier this month, Davey assaulted Evans, but he was not put in jail. On Monday night, Evans and Davey were involved in a domestic dispute when he took gasoline and poured it all over her.

He then set her on fire. Davey then hit her face and threw a can at her.

Evans suffered burns on 50% of her body, and she was rushed to the Alfred Hospital, where she is said to be in critical condition.

Davey was also taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A judge issued a family violence order and restraining order, ordering Davey to stay away from Evans.

A friend of Evans set up a GoFundMe page to collect funds for her recovery.

“On Monday, a precious daughter, a sister, an aunt and my beautiful soul of a friend Nicole, was allegedly set alight by her fiance.

“She is a true beauty, she is a gorgeous person in general, and one of the most caring, forgiving and loving people I know, who we may all know. She was a joker, a natural beauty and knew what she wanted to do and where she wanted to go.

“She took that ride in life because she had that fire, that fight in her to do well in life. Heartbreakingly, Nicole was flown to Melbourne. She is currently in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, in a critical condition with burns to more than 50 percent of her body.

“Not only will she need endless surgery, treatments, physical and mental help if she pulls through this horrible and heartbreaking tragedy, but it will be ongoing for the rest of her life and also for her family,” Evans’ close friend Sheena McLean wrote.