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SA Woman "Sets Ex On Fire For Not Changing Profile Picture"

A woman who lured her ex-boyfriend to a carpark and set him on fire did so because he wouldn't change his Facebook profile picture, the Adelaide District Court has heard. 

Kerry Leanne Ross and her partner Ben Corey Woodhardt are on trial for aggravated charges of causing harm with intent after the 2013 attack at Elizabeth North.

Prosecutors are alleging that Ross and Woodhardt, both 29, tricked Ross' former boyfriend into meeting them in order to buy drugs; while the victim was sitting in a car with a friend, they say, he was approached by the accused couple before being flanked by two hooded figures.

"They were ambushed," prosecutor Matthew Boisseau said. "Two hooded figures squirted something like petrol in the open window to the car and set them both on fire, they suffered serious burns."

One of the victims saw a "ball of fire" coming at his face, the court then heard, in an attack Mr Boisseau described as "carefully planned".

The court was also told that Woodhardt had emailed the victim a number of times prior to the incident, angrily advising him to "stay away from his girlfriend" and to take down the profile picture he was using on his social media accounts as Ross still featured in it, according to ABC News.

"What sort of c**k s**ker has his ex-missus as his profile picture," one of the messages read.

"The prosecution case is that from beginning to end, the attack had been carefully planned and carefully choreographed," Mr Boisseau then told the jury.

He also explained that the victim had suffered serious burns to his face and hands and had to be placed in an induced coma for four days after the attack, while the man's friend had also endured a slow and painful recovery.

The trial continues. 


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