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Geelong woman accused of murder after ‘setting husband on fire’

Woman is accused of killing her husband by setting him ALIGHT as he sat in an armchair inside their family home after a ‘petty argument’ – leaving their five children without a father

  • Angela O’Brien, 33, of Whittington, Victoria has been charged with murder 
  • She is accused of setting her husband Daniel Surtees, 36, on fire on Saturday 
  • The pair had been married for four years and shared five children  

A mother has been charged with murder after she allegedly killed her husband by setting him on fire inside their family home. 

Angela O’Brien, 33, from Whittington, Victoria, was arrested and charged on Saturday over the death of 36-year-old Daniel Surtees. 

Police were called to the couple’s Boundary Road home at about 8.30pm where they found the father with severe burns.

 

Angela O’Brien 33, from Whittington, Victoria, was arrested and charged on Saturday over the alleged murder of husband Daniel Surtees, 36

Police were called to the couple's Boundary Road home around 8.30pm where they found the father with severe burns. Pictured above is the charred remains of the armchair where Mr Surtees is alleged to have been sitting

Police were called to the couple’s Boundary Road home around 8.30pm where they found the father with severe burns. Pictured above is the charred remains of the armchair where Mr Surtees is alleged to have been sitting 

An armchair inside the family home where the dad-of-five is believed to have been sitting was found completely charred after being set alight.  

Footage from the scene showed the blaze reached the walls and ceiling, damaging the interior of the  home.  

Mr Surtees was taken to hospital that night but died the following day from his injuries.    

Detectives from the Arson and Explosives Squad charged his wife with murder and she has been remanded in custody ahead of her appearance at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. 

Police will allege O’Brien caused the fire, although the events leading up to the incident are unclear and under investigation.  

The pair, who were married for four years with five children had been reportedly involved in a 'petty argument' before Mr Surtees's death

Angela O'Brien

The pair, who were married for four years with five children had been reportedly involved in a ‘petty argument’ before Mr Surtees’s death

Footage of the scene showed the blaze managed to reach the walls and ceiling, damaging the interior of the home

Footage of the scene showed the blaze managed to reach the walls and ceiling, damaging the interior of the home

However, 9News reported the pair, who were married for four years, had been involved in a ‘petty argument’ before Mr Surtees’s death. 

The couple reportedly shared five children, although it is not known if the kids were present at the time of the incident. 

A neighbour told the local news station she had previously heard sounds of a verbal altercation coming from the home.

‘I had heard yelling, screaming, but I thought nothing of it because it’s just Geelong,’ she told 9News. ‘I feel sorry for the kids.’ 

According to social media, O’Brien and her husband met in 2012 and had a photography business in Geelong.

The mum had recently shared numerous posts about providing aid to bushfire victims and while urging friends to donate to the cause.

A neighbour told the local news station she had previously heard sounds of a verbal altercation coming from the home

A neighbour told the local news station she had previously heard sounds of a verbal altercation coming from the home

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