Manitoba man sentenced to life for setting man on fire

An emergency worker attends the scene of where Gerald Dumas was set on fire Sept. 10, 2010 on Flora...

An emergency worker attends the scene of where Gerald Dumas was set on fire Sept. 10, 2010 on Flora Avenue. Dumas died from his injuries more than two weeks after the crime was committed, prompting a second-degree murder charge to be laid against Gaston Leroy Genaille, 19, in late September 2011. (QMI Agency)

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Minutes after setting Gerald Dumas on fire, Gaston Genaille walked past the still burning man and bought some doughnuts, a court heard Wednesday.

“The extreme nature of what he did remains incomprehensible,” said Crown attorney Mary Goska, who described Genaille’s actions as “shockingly evil.”

Genaille, 22, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the Sept. 10, 2010 attack. On Wednesday he was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.

Court heard Genaille doused Dumas with a flammable liquid he found in Dumas’ pocket and then ignited him with a lighter.

Dumas, 47, suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns to his entire body. He died in hospital two weeks later.


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