Burns victim in critical condition after men allegedly set him alight

By Brendan Manning

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A Christchurch man who allegedly had petrol poured over him before being set alight is in a critical condition.

Jason Alistor Barr, 42, unemployed of Waltham and Shay Barry Webster, 20, of Woolston, are jointly charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Terrance Martin Smith, 55.

Police were called in Sullivan Ave in Woolston around 7pm last night.

Mr Smith was found with serious burn injuries inside the property.

He remains in a critical condition at Christchurch Hospital.

Barr and Webster appeared at Christchurch District Court from custody today.

No applications for bail were made and they were remanded in custody until May 3.

Canterbury CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said a team of detectives was investigating the incident.

"We are still working through the circumstances of what happened at the house last night,'' Mr Sweeney said.

"We are currently not in a position to make further commentary until more facts are known.''

- APNZ

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