A FATHER-OF-THREE who set one of his children on fire and doused another in petrol told a neighbour he burnt his three-year-old because she “was too beautiful”, a court has been told.
Edward Herbert, 43, is accused of pouring petrol over his three-year-old in front of his partner after a day of drinking and smoking cannabis at their home in Perth, Australia.
Edward admitted he intended to kill his little girls at his Doubleview home in August 2015 when he tipped petrol on them, but he says he is not guilty of criminal charges on the ground of insanity.
Mr Herbert, who was a heavy cannabis user, poured petrol over his three-year-old in front of his partner.
He then set the girl on fire and tipped petrol over his seven-year-old, who has autism and special needs.
Off-duty police officer Stephanie Bochorsky ran into the unit and rescued the two girls after she heard their mother yelling, according to reports on perthnow.com.au
His younger daughter was left with burns to her face and upper body and required surgery and laser scar management.
The court heard how around midnight, Herbert told his wife ‘the werewolf is coming at 12pm’ and ‘that’s it b****, I am going to kill you’ to his daughter before getting petrol and entering her room.
He then poured petrol over the young child and set her alight before dousing the older child in petrol.
According to reports on the UK Metro, the family’s neighbour Daniel McMillan arrived shortly after and found Mr Herbert in the kitchen drinking beer.
Herbert then allegedly told Mr McMillan that they were his kids so he could do whatever he wanted and that his young daughter was too beautiful and that is why he burnt her.
He is accused of two counts of doing an act with intent to unlawfully kill, threatening to kill his partner, being armed with a knife in circumstances likely to cause fear and doing an act likely to endanger life with intent to harm.
Herbert admits burning his child but claims he was insane at the time and so not guilty.
The trial continues.