Murderer jailed for setting partner on fire in Derbyshire

David Dunstan Image copyright Derbyshire Police
Image caption David Dunstan hit Carolyn Hyatt with a metal stick and poured flammable liquid on her before igniting it

A man has been jailed for life after admitting murdering his new partner by setting her on fire.

David Dunstan, 42, hit Carolyn Hyatt over the head with a metal bar before pouring flammable liquid on her and igniting it last August.

Dunstan was arrested at the scene in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, while Ms Hyatt was taken to hospital with serious burns. She died there later that month.

Derby Crown Court heard Dunstan must serve a minimum of 24 years in prison.

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Ms Hyatt, 43, had survived the initial attack and called the emergency services in the early hours of 6 August.

'Abhorrent crime'

She was taken to Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, with serious burns but later died of her injuries.

Dunstan, of Redgate Close, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, killed Ms Hyatt at his mother's home - while she was away on holiday.

Det Ch Insp Gareth Meadows said: "This was an abhorrent crime. Not only did Dunstan brutally attack Carolyn but he abused the trust she had placed in him as a very new partner.

"Carolyn was a much-loved sister and her devastated family will live with the consequences of her loss for the rest of their lives."

Dunstan admitted the brutal attack and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years and 87 days.

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