Twenty two year jail sentence for woman who drugged then her doused and set alight her husband


Karen Lyle, 50, was jailed for 22 years after she drugged her husband before dousing him in fuel and setting him alight

A woman who drugged her husband before dousing him in fuel and setting him alight has been jailed for 22 years.

Karen Lyle, 50, searched the internet for ‘ways to poison somebody’ before secretly administering a strong anti-depressant to husband Andrew.

She waited until Mr Lyle, 47, became drowsy and fell asleep on their bed – and then continued with her plot to murder him.

The father-of-two was only saved by the fact he woke up halfway through the ‘horrific’ attack, which left him traumatised and with life-changing burns, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

Lyle denied attempting to murder her husband at their home in Fareham, Hampshire, but was convicted by a jury at trial.

Nobody else was at home when the attack took place on July 2 last year.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘An investigation by specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service concluded that the cause of this fire was a naked flame upon an ignitable liquid.

‘Mr Lyle was treated at Queen Alexandra Hospital and later airlifted to the burns unit at Salisbury hospital, where he was treated for significant injuries.

‘He remained there for approximately a month.

The father-of-two was only saved by the fact he woke up halfway through the ‘horrific’ attack, which left him traumatised and with life-changing burns, Portsmouth Crown Court heard

‘Evidence to show that Mrs Lyle has been searching online for information about poisoning someone, was presented to the court.’

Mr Lyle said after the case: ‘This was an horrific attack, which has left me with life changing injuries and could easily have been fatal.

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