Duo Face Court Over Horrific Act On Squatter
Two men are expected to learn their punishment for trying to kill a Melbourne squatter by dousing him in petrol and setting him alight.
The 28-year-old victim had been taking a nap at a Melbourne warehouse when he woke to the sensation of having petrol poured on him, and rolled over to see a fellow squatter ignite it.
More petrol was poured on the burning man as his co-squatters beat him with metal poles.
"You're going to kill me. I'm going to die. Stop," the victim pleaded.
Peter Gencev and Peter Newman, who played a leading role in the attack, pleaded guilty to the 2017 attempted murder.
The duo had been upset their victim tried to evict them. He had himself threatened the pair with a metal bar after Newman sold drugs to his girlfriend.
The victim managed to flee the attack and a witness called triple zero after spotting him walking through the street with skin hanging off his body.
He suffered burns to nearly 50 percent of his body and underwent five surgeries.
Meanwhile, Gencev and Newman hid on the warehouse roof before being taken down by firefighters and arrested by police.
Barrister Geoff Gibson in May told Victoria's Supreme Court Gencev was born addicted to heroin and had a traumatic childhood.
Gencev and Newman are due to be sentenced on Friday.