The family of Nicole Evans, pictured, have asked for privacy while the 20-year-old remains in an induced coma in a Melbourne hospital with burns to more than 50 per cent of her body.
The family of Nicole Evans, pictured, have asked for privacy while the 20-year-old remains in an induced coma in a Melbourne hospital with burns to more than 50 per cent of her body.

Woman survives after fiance allegedly sets her on fire

A 20-YEAR-OLD Hobart woman allegedly set on fire by her fiance is expected to remain in an induced coma for several more months.

Nicole Evans suffered full-thickness burns to more than 50 per cent of her body, including her face, during an alleged attack last month.

Police allege fiance Matthew John Davey doused her in fuel and set her alight in an outhouse in Chigwell on April 24.

Mr Davey, 34, of Chigwell, has pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and assault and remains in custody.

After the alleged attack Ms Evans was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne to undergo critical operations and treatment.

Detectives from Glenorchy CIB flew to Melbourne last week to speak with family and medical specialists.

"The woman is not expected to emerge from this (coma) for months," Tasmania Police said in a statement.

"The woman's condition is described as critical and life-threatening.

"The next of kin has asked for privacy until such a time as they are able to make a statement."

A social media campaign set up to raise funds for Ms Evans and her family has reached $25,000 with a goal of collecting $50,000.

Friend Sheena Mclean organised the fundraisers to assist with "the endless surgery, treatments, physical and mental help if she pulls through".

"A true beauty, she is a gorgeous person in general and one of the most caring and loving people I know," she wrote on social media.

Mr Davey is due to appear in the Supreme Court in Hobart on June 13.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/help-little-nikki-her-family. Donations can also be made to a dedicated bank account: CBA; BSB: 067 101; Account Number: 1072 2975

News Corp Australia

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