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Nottingham Post
Adam Laver & Michael Broomhead

Nottingham woman dies nearly 2 years after she was set on fire by boyfriend

A woman who was set on fire by her boyfriend has died nearly two years after the initial attack. Ellen Marshall, who was originally from Nottingham but lived in Firbeck Avenue, Skegness, was doused in petrol and set alight at the east coast address by her boyfriend Leigh Pateman.

On April 22, 2021, Pateman picked up a jerry can of petrol during an argument with Ms Marshall and poured it onto her lap while she was sitting on an armchair. He then set her on fire, reports LincolnshireLive.

Emergency services were called at around 10.30pm that night and she was rushed to Nottingham City Hospital. She suffered burns of between 80 and 90% of her body.

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Ms Marshall was transferred to a specialist burns unit and underwent around 12 hours of surgery, which gave her less than a 50% chance of survival. She lost several of her fingers and Lincolnshire Police said she was unlikely to make a full recovery.

Pateman was jailed in March 2022, being given an extended sentence of more than 21 years. Following his sentencing, a spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police described it as "one of the worst cases of domestic violence we have seen".

Ms Marshall passed away aged 43 at City Hospital, Nottingham, on March 11. Coroner Paul Smith said the precise medical cause of Ms Marshall's death is yet to be determined at the opening of the inquest into her death, which has been adjourned until Sunday, September 10.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: "We have been made aware that Ellen Marshall has sadly died. At this stage, the case is with the coroner and we are working with them and the Crown Prosecution Service as part of the coronal process."


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