Father who doused 4yo daughter in petrol and set her alight has charges upgraded

A PERTH man who horrifically set his children on fire has had his charges upgraded to two counts of attempted murder.

Edward John Herbert appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court via video link from Hakea Prison today.

The 43-year-old doused his three children in a flammable liquid before setting the youngest daughter, who was three at the time, on fire.


The young girl was rushed to a Perth hospital where she was placed in an induced coma.

She remains in a stable condition at Princess Margaret Hospital after waking up from the coma earlier this month.

Herbert has also been charged with one count of threats to kill, being armed to cause fear and one count of unlawful act with intent to harm or endanger life.