Man jailed for further 15 years!

Man jailed for further 15 years!

Craig, 58, covered Jacqueline Kirk in petrol and set her alight in a car park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in April 1998. She died due to medical complications in August 2019

A man has been sentenced to a further 15 years in prison – in addition to the 18 he has already served – for setting his partner on fire and causing her death 21 years later.

Steven Craig, 58, covered Jacqueline Kirk in petrol and set her alight in a car park in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in April 1998.

He served more than 18 years in prison for the attack but following her death in August 2019 he was arrested again and charged with her murder. He was found guilty of that charge by a jury at Bristol Crown Court last month.

At sentencing on Thursday, Judge Mrs Justice Stacey described Craig’s conduct as “sadistic” and the attack as “planned and premeditated”, handing him a total minimum term of 34 years.

“Your conduct was sadistic – deliberately setting her head and chest on fire the way you did,” she told him.

“Anyone who uses petrol must be aware of the level of seriousness of their actions. It was just so callous and so brutal.”

She added: “You had no intention to kill Jacquie. But in your case this has reduced significance almost to vanishing point, because the risk of her dying from what you did to her was so obvious.”

Craig’s trial heard that the 1998 attack resulted in 35% burns to Ms Kirk’s body and left her needing 14 operations, including skin grafts and a tracheotomy.

She lived to the age of 61 and was able to see both of her children get married and become a grandmother.

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