Man guilty of attempted murder for torching ex lover with gas

St. Catharines courthouse

St. Catharines courthouse

Karena Walter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 PM ET

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A city man has been found guilty of attempted murder by dousing his ex-girlfriend in gasoline and setting her on fire.

Mark Borel, 50, will be sentenced Aug. 8.

"I'm glad he's paying for what he did. It's going to be with me forever," Cindy Campbell said outside the courtroom after the jury delivered its verdict Thursday.

Campbell, 37, suffered burns to 60% of her body and was in a medically induced coma for nearly two months in 2011.

"It's been a long three years and I'm glad it's over. I'm happy for the verdict and I'm waiting for the sentence."

The jury heard Borel was a jealous and controlling lover who arranged to meet Campbell on July 23, 2011, outside Rockway Community Centre in Lincoln, Ont., after she tried to end their relationship.

When she arrived, he tossed gas from a can on her and lit her with a match.

Campbell was aided by passersby who saw her standing on the side of Pelham Rd. bloody, burned and partially naked where her clothes had incinerated.

Though Borel stayed on scene and called 911, he at first pretended he didn't know Campbell and happened upon her like the other strangers. He told the 911 operator she had been attacked, but didn't mention she'd been burned until later in the call.

He then told a police officer that he did know Campbell but had arrived at Rockway to find her already looking beaten and burned.

After being told a witness saw him in his car at Rockway waiting for Campbell, his story changed again and he told police they met.

He said when he got in his car to drive away, he heard her screaming, stopped and discovered she was burned.

Borel's lawyer argued Campbell arrived at Rockway already covered in gas and accidentally lit herself on fire by smoking.

Campbell, her husband and friends testified she didn't smoke cigarettes or marijuana.

Jurors saw the police interviews with Borel and read threatening e-mails and other texts sent from Borel to Campbell, which he claimed he did not write. They heard from 40 witnesses since the trial began April 28, including Campbell and Borel. "‹

 


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