Tasmania Police Detective Inspector Craig Joel speaks to media about a serious assault in Chigwell yesterday evening
A YOUNG Hobart woman whose boyfriend allegedly doused her in accelerant and set her on fire is responding to sound and moving her limbs, her family says.
Nicole Evans, 20, was flown to Melbourne in a critical condition early on Tuesday and will require “many months” of treatment.
She remains an induced coma in The Alfred hospital with burns to more than 50 per cent of her body.
Yesterday, Ms Evans’ friend Leslie Chambers said she had improved slightly.
“I am pleased to be able to report — having just been speaking with Nicole ‘s mother — that she is responding to sound and moving her limbs,” Leslie Chambers said on a Go Fund Me page set up for Ms Evans.
“Her eyes are also moving under her eyelids. Her immediate family are relieved to witness this progress.”
A hospital spokeswoman said on Sunday night she was still in a critical but stable condition.
The GoFundMe page had raised almost $22,000 of its $50,000 goal by Sunday night. Hundreds of people have so far donated to the page and money will be used to support Ms Evans and her family during her recovery.
“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.”
It’s alleged Matthew John Davey, 34, doused her with an accelerant and set her alight in a backyard shed.
He is charged with causing grievous bodily harm and other matters and has been remanded in custody to appear in the Supreme Court of Tasmania on June 13.