BURNED ALIVE Mum-of-two killed after being set on fire by boyfriend to testify from beyond the grave after judge allows hospital interview

Judy Malinowski, 33, died two years after being torched by her boyfriend Michael Slager outside a gas station near Ohio in 2015

16 April 2018 - 11:26

A MUM who died after being set on fire by her boyfriend will testify at his murder trial from beyond the grave.

Judy Malinowski, 33, died in August 2017, two years after being torched by her boyfriend Michael Slager outside a gas station near Columbus, Ohio, in June 2015 but recorded a video in hospital before she lost her fight for life.

Slager is now standing trial for her murder and, in a rare move, a judge has allowed the interview Judy gave from her hospital bed to be played in court on Friday.

The mum-of-two suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body and clung to life in hospital for two years.

Slager was charged with assault and was due to go to trial.

Judy recorded her video testimony for his court case from her hospital bed.

 Mum-of-two Judy before she suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body
 
Mum-of-two Judy before she suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body
 Evil Michael Slager was jailed for 11 years over the attack in which he doused his lover with petrol in a garage forecourt
 
Evil Michael Slager was jailed for 11 years over the attack in which he doused his lover with petrol in a garage forecourt
 The terrible burns saw Judy lose two fingers, both ears and all of her hair - now a testimony she gave before her death will be used at Slager's murder trial
 
The terrible burns saw Judy lose two fingers, both ears and all of her hair - now a testimony she gave before her death will be used at Slager's murder trial
 Judy's mother Bonnie was a constant at her side as she fought to stay alive
 
Judy's mother Bonnie was a constant at her side as she fought to stay alive

Slager’s attorneys tried to stop the tape from being used by citing a legal technicality.

They claimed it was improperly obtained by prosecutors.

But the judge allowed it on the grounds that it is an unprecedented case where the victim is able to give evidence after their own death.

Malinowski also spoke to the media from her hospital bed before she died.

Although she could barely speak, she managed to say: 'I never knew that a human being could be so evil. He just stood there and did nothing.

'God please, please help me,' she said.

 Judy had two young daughters, aged nine and 12
 
Judy had two young daughters, aged nine and 12

 

 Slager, originally jailed for assault, now faces a murder trial
Slager, originally jailed for assault, now faces a murder trial
 Judy was attacked on the forecourt of this petrol garage in Gahanna, Ohio
 
Judy was attacked on the forecourt of this petrol garage in Gahanna, Ohio

Slager has always maintained that he set her on fire by accident when he lit a cigarette.

After her death, Ohio passed Judy's Law which added six years onto the sentence of anyone convicted of an assault which permanently maimed their victim.

Judy lost both of her ears and two fingers in the attack and was left with open wounds on her back and buttocks.

She underwent 56 surgeries before she died.

Judy also suffered horrendous damage to her throat and never walked again after the incident.

Slager pleaded guilty to felonious assault and was sentenced to 11 years in jail for it before her death.

Now, given the more serious charge, Slager he faces life imprisonment.

The trial continues.

 

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