Australian man set daughter alight because she was 'too beautiful'

  • 21/03/2017

An Australian man has admitted to pouring petrol over his daughter and setting her on fire, allegedly because he thought she was "too beautiful".  

Edward Herbert, 43, set alight his three-year-old before pouring petrol over his seven-year-old daughter. 

His younger daughter was left with burns to 13 percent of her face and upper body and required surgery.

Herbert had been drinking and smoking cannabis all day, before threatening to kill his family around midnight. 

According to reports, the family's neighbour Daniel McMillan arrived shortly after and found Mr Herbert in the kitchen drinking beer.

Herbert then allegedly told Mr McMillan that they were his kids so he could do whatever he wanted and that his young daughter was too beautiful and that is why he burnt her.

Herbert has pleaded not guilty to the charges on grounds of insanity. He says that while some of the elements of the alleged charges are true, he "was not in sound mind" at the time.