Torched woman ‘sedated’

Burns victim Cue Ling Tao

CHARGES: The man accused of tying Cue Ling Tao to a bed and setting her alight was in court on Saturday. Picture: Channel 10
Source: PerthNow

A MAN accused of tying a Cannington woman to a bed and setting her alight will also be accused of sedating her, The Sunday Times understands.

Anto Prawira Bintan, 32, of Beckenham, yesterday appeared at East Perth Magistrates Court charged with attempted murder, rendering a person incapable of resisting, aggravated robbery, stealing a motor vehicle and criminal damage by fire.

Cue Ling Tao, 29, suffered third-degree burns to almost 60 per cent of her body after she was allegedly tied with cable ties, covered by a blanket then set alight in her Brinkley St home on December 21.

The Sunday Times understands police will also allege Mr Bintan jlinjected Ms Tao with the sedative midazolam, a drug used in medical procedures, before he doused the blanket in petrol, threw it over her then set it on fire.

It is also understood police will allege the accused set around six fires in the home by burning various objects such as a mobile phone and handbag.

Mr Bintan was arrested on Thursday after detectives involved in the case located Ms Tao’s orange Toyota Yaris, which was stolen from her house, at a Bentley property.

Earlier this week, Acting Detective Inspector Chris Adams said it also appeared the Beckenham man, who is an Australian citizen with Indonesian ancestry, had previously rented a room from Ms Tao at the Cannington unit.

“It will be alleged that the man, who was a previous tenant, went to the house to commit a robbery and a result of that the violence escalated to where the victim is now in a serious but stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital,” he said.

Mr Bintan entered no plea and was remanded to reappear on January 18 at Strirling Gardens Magistrate’s Court.

Ms Tao, who is an Australian citizen, suffered deep tissue burns to her head, body, and legs and remains in Royal Perth Hospital.

Her parents flew from China to be at her bedside last week, and her employer, BHP, has been supporting them.

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