Mother charged with trying to kill family in house fire

A MOTHER will spend Christmas and New Year’s behind bars, charged with three counts of attempted murder after allegedly trying to kill her partner and their two small children in a house fire in Victoria.

Emergency services were called to the family home on Nicholson-Sarsfield Road at Nicholson, a small town in East Gippsland, about 300km east of Melbourne just after 10pm on Wednesday.

It’s understood firefighters arrived to find the property well alight.


A 36-year-old man, believed to be the woman’s partner, was taken to hospital after suffering smoke inhalation.

The couple’s two daughters, aged just four and six, also inhaled smoke and needed to be treated by paramedics at the scene.

The children’s 34-year-old mother was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital for assessment.

She was later released and formally charged with three counts of attempted murder on Friday.

The woman has been remanded in custody and will spend the next three months behind bars ahead of her next court appearance.

She is due to appear in Bairnsdale Magistrates Court on February 20.

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