Mum of three tied up and doused in petrol before being burned alive by husband

A mum-of-three was allegedly tied up and burned alive by her husband.

Kelly Wilkinson, 27, died on April 20 at her home in Arundel on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Her charred remains were discovered in the garden a week later.

Estranged husband Brian Earl Johnston, 34, a former US military corporal, suffered burns to his hands and airway after allegedly dousing her in petrol and carrying out the brutal killing.

He was arrested and charged with murder back in April after coming out of a coma, the Australian Associated Press reports.

A 25-year-old male colleague of Johnston has since been charged with murder after allegedly helping him.

Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said: “This male person is known to Kelly’s estranged husband and was aware of his intent to murder her before he did.

“And it will be alleged he did some acts preparatory to the murder, that assisted Kelly’s estranged husband to committing her murder.

“He was involved in transporting Kelly’s estranged husband to her house on the morning of her murder and had some involvement in procuring items like fuel that were used to perpetrate her murder.

“Prior to the murder, they did stop at a fuel station, and fuel was obtained in a jerry can.

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“As a result, he has been charged with murder.”

Last April, hundreds gathered for a candlelit vigil on the Gold Coast to pay tribute to Kelly.

State Member of Parliament, Sam O'Connor, read a statement on behalf of the family, ABC News reported.

It said: "The third of four girls, Kelly stood out as a protector and one who was never afraid to push boundaries. The kind of woman who went from riding motorbikes on cliffs to wearing dresses and flaunting her favourite jewellery.

"She made everyone fall in love with her antics."

The statement continued: “She always said being a mother was the best job in the world and she loved nothing more than watching the kids play," Mr O'Connor read from the statement.

"They enjoyed crafting together, playing games and spending time with extended family."

Kelly was described as “one of a kind”, with “no words that can describe how much she is missed”.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.

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