Man charged with murder after woman doused with petrol and set alight


A man has been charged with murder after a woman died days after being doused with petrol and set alight, Greater Manchester Police have said.

Stephen Archer, 50, has also been charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

He will appear at Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday.

The 49-year-old victim - reported to be his sister - died on Friday after suffering 70% burns to her body shortly before 9.45am on Monday at an address on Surbiton Road in Newton Heath, Manchester.

She was taken to hospital but later died.

A 19-year-old woman escaped uninjured from an upstairs window of the house with help from neighbours.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said they were called to reports that a man had deliberately set fire to a woman.

Fire and police officers found the woman with serious burns.