Doused In Gas And Set On Fire: How This Woman Is Fighting For Her Life

A woman who is in coma after being allegedly set on fire by her boyfriend.

A young Hobart woman remains in an induced coma in a critical condition with doctors expecting her to stay that way for months after she was doused in flammable liquid and set alight.

Nicole Evans, 20, was flown to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital after what detectives describe as a ‘family violence incident’ on April 24.

Tasmania police on Tuesday said they had spoken with medical specialists, who have described Ms Evans’ condition as life-threatening.

‘[She] is not expected to emerge from this [coma] for months,’ a police statement read.

‘[Her] condition is described as critical and life threatening.’

Friends of Ms Evans say she suffered burns to more than 50 per cent of her body.
Ms Evans’ fiance Matthew John Davey, 34, has been charged over the backyard incident and has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance in the Supreme Court in Hobart on June 13.

It’s alleged Davey doused Miss Evans with an accelerant and set her alight in a backyard shed.

He is charged with causing grievous bodily harm and is also accused of hitting Miss Evans in the face and throwing a can at her.

Davey pleaded not guilty to all of the charges when he appeared in court the day after the attack.

He did not apply for bail.

An interim family violence order and restraint order have been lodged with the court, Tasmania Police said.

A GoFundMe page has been pledged more than half of a $50,000 target to help pay for Ms Evans’ treatment.

Hundreds of people have so far donated to the page.

‘Nicole would have done the same for anyone she loved or cared for,’ Hobart woman Sheena Mclean said on the site.

‘It’s a waiting game for everyone especially her family and money should be the last of their worries. So thank you to everyone from Nicole’s family.’

Loved ones have sent their support to Ms Evans, calling her a ‘natural beauty’ and a ‘beautiful soul’.



Sean Maddox

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