A man with a history of domestic violence who set fire to a bedroom his partner was lying down in, causing burns to almost a third of her body, has been sentenced to six years behind bars.
- The court heard the pair argued after running into the woman’s ex-boyfriend
- Mongoo was motivated by “revenge and anger” when he started the fire
- He will have to serve at least four years in jail before he can be released
The District Court heard Earl Norman Mongoo, 52, lit the fire in the Midvale home in Perth’s east in June 2019, following an argument with the woman after they ran into her ex-boyfriend at an op shop.
When the pair arrived home Mongoo discovered the woman had cut up some of his clothes.
In what his lawyer described as “tit for tat”, he went outside to get a five-litre can of fuel which he then poured around the bedroom as his partner laid on the bed.
He then set the fuel alight.
The court was told that when he left he also threw a Molotov cocktail on the house.
The victim ran screaming from the bedroom, receiving burns to her face, neck, trunk and arms.
She jumped onto the couch to smother the flames before running outside to run her wounds under water.
‘No-one can be safe in a relationship with you’
Judge David MacLean said Mongoo was motivated by revenge and anger and it was clear his intention was to cause as much damage as he could.
The defence presented a letter from the victim which was said to show the woman had forgiven Mongoo.
However Judge MacLean said the rekindling of the relationship did not reflect well on Mongoo.
“To continue a relationship with someone who you injured so egregiously, that is a surprising and selfish view to take,” he said.
“It seems to me no-one can be safe in a relationship with you.”
Judge MacLean said the sentence imposed on Mongoo needed to deter him from committing further crimes against his partner, and to protect the community.
However he accepted Mongoo had pleaded guilty at an early opportunity, saving the victim from having to testify at trial.
Mongoo will have to serve four years before he can be released.
With time already served, he will stay in jail until at least June 2023.