A woman accused of burning her husband alive while he relaxed on the front porch proudly showed off her wedding ring and sang a song for him just three years ago.
Angela Surtees, 33, of Geelong, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday days after she allegedly doused her husband Daniel in accelerant and torched the father of five.
Sporting a large bandage on her left arm from an injury she sustained on the day of the alleged murder, Surtees sat with her head down throughout the brief court hearing.
Angela Surtees, 33, of Geelong, appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court (above) charged with setting her husband on fire while he allegedly slept on an armchair
She worked as a Tupperware lady before she allegedly set her husband on fire as he sat on a couch outside their front door on Saturday
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
The pair, who were married for four years with five children had been reportedly involved in a ‘petty argument’ before Mr Surtees’ death
No reason was given as to how the incident happened, with Surtees’ mum and sister refusing to comment as they left the court under hot pursuit of a media pack eager for answers.
Moments earlier, Surtees had blown her family a kiss as she was led back to prison.
While silent in the prison dock, Surtees had enjoyed a vocal presence on social media where just a few years ago she proudly showed off her wedding ring.
‘So I got married,’ she proudly shrieked in a YouTube video posted after her wedding three years ago. ‘This song is what was supposed to be our first dance but somebody hijacked our playlist.’
Surtees is seen breaking out into an awful rendition of Celion Dion’s Tale As Old As Time from Disney’s Beauty and The Beast.
It is one of many covers the alleged killer posted on social media before last Saturday’s horrific turn of events.
A neighbour told the local news station she had previously heard sounds of a verbal altercation coming from the home
Footage of the scene showed the blaze reached the walls and ceiling, damaging the interior of the home
Other renditions include When Doves Cry, by Prince, Stay, by Rhianna, Someone Like You, by Adele, and My Precious Child, by Karen Taylor.
Mystery surrounds exactly what led to the shocking events at the Surtees property, located just out of Geelong in Victoria.
Neighbours have described Mr Surtees as a friendly person who would go out of his way to mow the lawns of his elderly neighbour.
On Tuesday, a half-finished can of Jim Beam remained beside the seat where Mr Surtees was allegedly sleeping when he was set ablaze.
The couch was positioned just outside the front door of the couple’s family home.
It was reported the pair could be heard arguing on Saturday before the incident happened.
Angela Surtees had been a frequent contributor to her Facebook page, encouraging people to raise money for bushfire victims
The mother and sister of Angela Surtees are pursued by media as they leave the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. They made no comment
A post by Angela Surtees on Facebook in 2016. She often took to Facebook to vent
‘I had heard yelling, screaming, but I thought nothing of it because it’s just Geelong,’ a neighbour told 9News. ‘I feel sorry for the kids.’
According to social media, Surtees and her husband met in 2012 and had a photography business in Geelong.
She had recently shared numerous posts about providing aid to bushfire victims and urged friends to donate to the cause.
The young mum had a strong social media presence and frequently took to Facebook to post angry rants.
She described herself as a ‘selfish b**th’ in one post who had a ‘short fuse’.
In 2013, she posted: ‘Has come to the conclusion that harnessing my hurt pain and sorrow and turning it into anger is making my normally short fuse paper thin.’
A year later she she warned people about the consequences of ‘talking s**’ about her.
Surtees continued her rants in 2016, telling the world she would not be forced to live in the kitchen ‘serving her husband’.
Angela Surtees said she would not be a slave to any man
Angela Surtees, husband Daniel and family in happier times
‘Happy wife, happy life. Unhappy wife and you bet your ass s**t is going to hit the fan. A king will take care of her king, a slave will pray the day he dies.’
Ms Surtees has revealed her husband was a hard working chef who had done time in Italian restaurants and as a baker.
She regularly posted about her struggle to find work and over the years had done everything from selling Tupperware to bar tending.
At one stage, she even attempted to get on the hit cooking show Masterchef.
Surtees rated herself as a working artist and photographer, who was doing her best to remain off welfare payments to survive.
‘I am who I am,’ she posted in 2016. ‘I’ll be who I’ll be. I’ll never apologise for simply being me.’
Surtees did not apply for bail and will return to court in May.