Man who burnt sister to death jailed

A man who burnt his sister by dousing her with petrol and setting her alight, has been jailed.

Stephen Archer has been jailed for 27 years after being found guilty of the murder of his sister Julie.

He had thrown a mix of petrol and mineral spirit over his sister Julie in a disagreement after their father’s death.

Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said: “Stephen Archer killed his sister in cold blood.

“Not only did he kill Julie, he did so in a way that would cause a phenomenal amount of pain and suffering.”

Police were called to a house in Newton Heath, Manchester, by Stephen’s niece who was trapped in an upstairs bedroom.

She reported that her Uncle had set her mum on fire and she was trapped inside.

On arrival Julie Archer was found with serious burns to her body, sustaining 95% burns. She was taken to hospital but sadly died from her injuries four days after the incident.

The jury heard after setting his sister alight, Stephen tried to evade police by hiding in a nearby woodland.

Whilst he was on the run, he sent a birthday card to his mother and a get-well-soon card to Julie.

On the card to his mother he confessed to the killing and said: “she deserved it for what she did to my dad.”

Senior investigating officer Duncan Thorpe said: “He has shown no remorse.

“Archer is a dangerous man who has broken his whole family apart. He will now spend the next 27 years in prison and will have plenty of time to contemplate exactly what he did.”

The family of Julie Archer released a statement thanking neighbours who helped her and the emergency services.

They also paid tribute stating: “Julie was a fantastic mother, daughter, sister, Auntie and friend. She will be truly missed.

“Today’s verdict has given our family some justice but nothing will bring Julie back.

“We love and miss her and she will be forever in our hearts.”

TNT News

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