Brisbane man dies after being set on fire in his sleep

A Brisbane man who was set alight as he slept in his home has died in hospital.

Victor William Graveson suffered burns to 80 per cent of his body after being doused in petrol at his Capalaba home on Friday.

The 65-year-old was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital but lost his fight for life on Monday afternoon after surgery on his burns proved ineffective.


Mr Graveson had a lengthy criminal history, spending a large part of the last 20 years in jail for drug offences.

His alleged attacker, 34-year-old David Edgerley, was originally charged with the attempted murder of Mr Graveson, but police have confirmed it will be upgraded to murder.

He is expected to reappear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.